How a Luminus Veritas investigation works.

Posted: August 3, 2011 by Samantha Tiner in Basic Information, Investigating Information
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The field of paranormal research has been classified, by many an academic, as fringe science without validity. What fuels the increasing public interest in subjects under the umbrella of paranormal research? I would like to say that it is the mystery that is lacking in mainstream scientific research. The paranormal goes outside the scope of traditional science and continually explores the meaning of life, going beyond to ask if that life goes on after death in this physical form. For many, this is the ultimate mystery. It poses significant obstacles that require investigators and researchers to be resourceful and to provide new, and evolving, theories on what they encounter. Then it calls on them to speculate on explanations as to why it happens.

The unfortunate side of the interest level is that it cultivates a great many hobby groups who go into locations with their proverbial guns blazing with no idea of where to begin for a proper investigation. Reality shows like Ghost Hunters, Ghost Adventures, and Paranormal State have made strides in giving information to these would-be paranormal scientists. However, producers are more concerned with ratings than with accurate portrayal of the investigative process.

The investigative process is actually very lengthy. The parameters established for Luminus Veritas are extensive and meant to be thorough so that we can offer the best possible evidence and explanations to our clients.

When a potential client first contacts us, we begin with basic interviews. We ask many questions about the activity, their background, personality, and even medical history so that we may establish any illness or medical factors to take into account. We also do a preliminary investigation that enables us to get baseline readings of the area in question as well as map out the location to indicate where activity is taking place.
From that initial investigation, we will do extensive research of a location. This includes a follow-up interview process with any potential witnesses that the client mentioned and gave us information for as well as historical data on the house. We’ll look for anything that could be linked to the phenomena that the client describes and we’ll also set up a date for a standard investigation.

In our standard investigation, you would experience much of what you see on television. E.V.P sessions, readings, filming, and photos would be taken by two to three different teams throughout the course of the afternoon and evening hours; while video cameras would be set up to capture any evidence. A designated investigator would monitor the surveillance video to alert the teams to anything happening visually to which they may not be responding. In addition, the monitoring researcher is sometimes called upon to make on the spot analysis of major incidents when they occur.

In what is considered the most tedious phase, our investigators analyze all of the data that we’ve collected. We transfer all of our verbal notes to transcripts taking notes on all the readings. In addition we watch all the footage individually from the investigation, listen to all the audio, and analyze all the photographs. Investigators prepare reports on their experiences at the location and what was found in the evidence captured.
As an example: an investigation that may have only lasted six hours while at the location, will take up to seventy hours to complete. In order to be thorough and meticulous with the evidence we must watch all camera angles separately, listen
to every recorder closely, and transcribe all the readings, notes and analyze photos. Ideally, we would have a large group and plenty of monitors for this task, but working with minimal equipment, this part takes time.

We gather any pertinent evidence to present to the client and the Team Lead, and Director or committee, will make a determination if another phase of investigation needs to be conducted. If so, we repeat the process for the site and analysis. Then, before we close a case, we do a small interview.

How a case closes depends on the client. Many cases are left open as people try to find ways to deal with their experiences. Those cases may result in a referral to local clergy, counselors, or service providers. Still other cases we may close entirely since we were able to debunk claims of activity and offer explanations to what they experience.

Whatever the result, we make ourselves available to the clients we work with. There are always additional questions and we do our best to be available to answer them. Our cases are topped with a final report from the Team Lead detailing the outcome and what steps were taken. We note our conclusions and opinions and then we will make an anonymous version of the file available in our database for general educational purposes.

Every case poses unique challenges. We always begin with minimal staff for our preliminary interviews and baselines; adding investigators as we need them to cover the area that we investigate. There are briefings to let our crew know what we’re looking for, safety issues, and make sure that everyone is on the same page. To cover ourselves in case of accidents, we make sure that we have signed waivers of liability. The document is what I consider one of the most important in my forms list. It keeps everyone in the clear should something violent or unexpected happen.

Our client’s confidentiality is a prime part of what makes our form of investigation work. While it is becoming more widely accepted, some are still not comfortable seeking out groups like ours for assistance. We maintain discretion and, at no time, provide information that can identify a client or their private property without their consent. This is why, in our database, you will find numerous references to John and Jane Doe and locations like 1234 Anywhere St.

In future articles, I will cover specific techniques, equipment, forms, and will do my best to address any reader questions that we get here on Paranormal Portal. If you have a question feel free to leave it in the comments or to email us at
luminusveritas@gmail.com. One of our investigators or myself will be happy to get back to you or to answer it here on the website.

To support our research and help a client in need of assistance, please consider making a donation. Every dollar goes to help us in our quest to educate and make our findings available to you. See our Donations Page for more information or use the donate button to the left to securely donate through PayPal.

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Comments
  1. BJ Wragg says:

    Great article Samantha, I would only say that the 70 hrs devoted to analysis would be a short estimate unless there are quite a few doing it all depending on how many cameras,recorders ect are used and for how long. This process can be very tedious and demanding as you can sit for hours listening to absolutely nothing but the static of a recording device or watching video of a room where nothing is going on but Blink once an you may miss it. I think that is why those of us that do the analysis work get a little excited at catching something clearly in the evidence!

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