Frequently Asked Questions
 
Q:
Do you charge for your investigations?

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NO!! We have never charged for an investigation and we never will.
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Can I come along as a guest investigator?
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Because of confidentiality agreements that are signed by the clients prior to investigating their properties, we can not allow anyone on an investigation that is not part of our team already. We pride ourselves on the fact that our clients can trust us to keep their information confidential unless they state something different upon signing the waiver. That being mostly any evidence we get when we are there on site for the property.
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How far do you travel for possible investigations?
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That depends on the investigation request. But generally, we cover the entire southeastern portion of the state and northern Illinois. But we could travel farther if it is warranted.
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Am I able to join your team?
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Absolutely! BCP is always on the lookout for someone who can step in and fill the needs of the team. Bring your talents and energy and see how far we can go in the search of the afterlife! Just fill out the Join The Team application and if your someone we feel we'd be looking for, we will contact you. If there is a disclaimer stating that the team is currently full, please still fill out the application and we'll keep it on file for when an opening becomes available. Must meet all Team Membership Requirements before joining.
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Will you come to my home or business to do an investigation?
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This depends on what type of situation you are experiencing at your home or business. We are always sympathetic to those in need and will be more than happy to investigate your property. But please keep in mind that BCP has procedures that we follow very strictly, and we must go through these steps prior to investigating your home or business. Bear in mind that at times our group may be booked solid as we all have personal lives as well. We do reserve the right to accept or deny any investigation request for any reason.
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When was Brew City Paranormal founded?
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We were founded in February of 2013. But BCP Founder Charles and Co-Founder Brad came from another area group and have several years of experience between them in this field.
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Do you believe that photographic orbs are ghosts?
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In the vast majority of cases, photographic orbs are nothing but dust, bugs, moisture or other explainable phenomena. If you want to experiment with this, shake out a quilt or pillow or similar item and then take a photo of the area. You will see orbs. We do not count orb photos as any sort of evidence so if you take a photo and see orbs in your home, don't think that your house is haunted by anything but dust bunnies. It is also why we don't recommend cleaning your house immediately before an investigation--even the cleanest of homes will still have a lot of dust in the air after you finish. ONE THING TO NOTE...is the only time we will believe that anything orb related is possibly at the very least some form of energy is if we catch it ON VIDEO with scientific equipment showing that a form of energy is being measured. We have video of just such an event.
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What is "EMF" that I hear so much about on TV shows etc. And why should it concern me?
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EMF stands for "electromagnetic field." EMF is created naturally in the earth's atmosphere in the form of thunderstorms (for the electricity) and the magnetic poles of the earth. It is also artificially created by high voltage wires, consumer electronics, the wiring in your home and other man-made sources. Paranormal investigators will use an EMF detector to look for fluctuating EMF in your home. EMF can emanate from almost any electrical device, such as refrigerators, stereos, TVs, light fixtures and so on. Some people believe that fluctuating EMF readings can mean the presence of ghosts since it is thought that ghosts will draw energy from the surrounding area in order to manifest. Also, it is thought that high EMF can actually affect the brain and cause a person to sense, feel, see or hear things that aren't there. This could be the root of some "ghost sightings." It is recommended that any device emitting high EMF be repaired or replaced by the site owner. Also, buildings located in close proximity to sources such as high voltage wires might be adversely affected by EMF. It is common to build public buildings such as schools under these wires because the land is cheaper, so it is possible that high doses of stray EMF may be passing through these buildings. So while high EMF readings don't necessarily mean that you have ghosts, they could be a health hazard that should be rectified. Some instances have been linked to cancer.
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Why do you investigate mostly at night?
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It is usually easier to hear or see unusual events at night with our specialized equipment. Also daily activity is at its lowest and noises from outside are less likely to disrupt an investigation. Historically, most ghostly activity seems to occur in the wee hours between 9PM and 4AM. Also investigating at night cuts out the possibilities of shadows being created by people moving and being cast by sunlight. However if you feel your site should be investigated during the day, that can be done too. Also most clients work during the day, but anytime is a good time to investigate!
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What do you think about ghost hunting shows on TV, such as "Ghost Adventures," and "Ghost Hunters?"
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We have no official stance on them. We enjoy watching some of them just like anyone else but are perhaps a little more critical than the average person. However, most real life ghost investigations are generally much more mundane than what is pictured on TV. We take them for what they are, "entertainment." Personally, I tend to yell at the TV quite a bit, usually saying, "That orb is nothing more than DUST you idiot!" But that's just me.
Q:
I want to become a certified paranormal investigator. Are there courses I can take?
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There has been a lot of debate in this particular aspect of the field. Many people feel it is impossible to become certified in a field that technically isn't even proven to exist. Others debate what kind of education and techniques should be required to be "certified." Also, most certification programs require an approval panel or board in each individual state or a national overseeing organization to set its curriculum and standards. If you are just interested in learning more about investigative techniques and not so concerned with the, "certification" aspect, then there are a few people out there who offer online courses for a fee. I would carefully check out the backgrounds of these people and talk to former students before making a decision as to whose courses to take. But I don't think any state recognizes any paranormal certifications at all.