It is one of those things that everyone in any volunteer group face, how do you keep people together? Harder still how do you keep everyone motivated?
In the paranormal investigation world it is as difficult as sorting through hours of video. You have to find the right combination of personalities, coordinating free time, dealing with everyone’s personal lives, and that is before even getting access to a place to investigate. Then it gets even more complicated.
The key is to make sure that everyone meshes well and have similar expectations, motivations, and enthusiasm. It can take time and as most groups that have been around for more than a few months know, not everyone always works out. It doesn’t mean they are not good people, it just means one of those necessary components is not the right fit.
So just keep at it, don’t give up, and if it is truly a passion let that passion continue to move you and your team forward.
We are asked often why we haven’t formally investigated some of the more infamous cemeteries in the New Orleans area. It is really as simple as you would think.
One concept includes city-owned properties not wanting to bother with the possible negative press from the families of those interred in their cemeteries (no matter what kind of horrendous conditions they far too often are allowed to end up in.) There is also the myriad of bureaucratic offices and officials that would rather deny than approve of such an investigation.
Then you have those who are owned by the Catholic Church. Let us look at some basic Church doctrine on “ghosts” and the “spirit”. While there are some (we know from first hand conversations) in the Archdiocese of New Orleans who have a more open view on such investigations, the problem is that the majority are most interested protecting the dogma over possible new insights.
There are the few that are out there who are unattended, that belong to non-Catholic churches, and various other ones. These all can lead to issues including those mentioned, issues with local residents watching people waltzing around a abandoned cemetery, and of course local law enforcement who may or may not be cooperative even if contacted before time.
Another consideration is one you must take seriously is this. If there are random spirits, ones that are inactive should we as living beings, investigators, go into their final resting place and disturb them?
So we have this discussion and have a good general consensus. The question is do you consider yourself an investigator, an enthusiast, or someone who innocently stands by?
When watching documentation from investigations, do you want to be told what the investigators generally agree they see or hear? In other words, do you want a blurb under a supposed EVP or spirit voice recording telling you what the investigators believe they are hearing? Do you understand the concept of matrixing? Should possible images that contain some not readily explainable video be explained as to what a consensus of the investigators on the scene think they see, or even outlined for you to see what the investigators believe they are seeing?
So we are working our way through the audio and video shot at the one time Fat City staple called “The Ship’s Wheel.”
This was a very unique experience for us and done differently than we normally do things. This has to do with the activity we experienced, the client participation, and that there were just two of our group at the shoot. @PARANOLAJoe and @PARANOLASarah were the only team members available after having had a different investigation the night before. So it was those two @PARANOLA Krewe members and three of the key people from the Ship’s Wheel.
The former burlesque/strip bar had been a family run business for decades and the last night before the new owners took the keys was the night we investigated. There had been reports of many strange occurrences, ranging from dark figures, to knocking noises, glasses at the bar moving or falling, to a presence that they believe was linked to a local man who was down on his luck that the Ship’s Wheel had taken in as family that had died a few years ago.
What we ended up with was a very strong reaction from a that appeared to be directly answering questions when asked by one of the Wheel’s family. We ended up with evidence that seems to imply that even in death the link between a father and daughter continues on.
The whole webisode will be posted soon and you will be able to see exactly what we mean. For now you can see the two “Ship’s Wheel” teases that we have posted on our Vimeo Channel.
The specific Ship’s Wheel teases are located here:
It has been our philosophy to bring in people who, on their word promise they will be focused and dedicated to the work of our @PARANOLA Krewe. This has backfired more than once in the past year. It has delayed our release of a few of our investigations and it has made the tension level higher than any of the founding Krewe would want to deal with.
At this point we are suspending any applications for new members of the Krewe of @PARANOLA however we promise to get the shoots we have made edited and online before the end of the year. We are committed to tightening our ranks, helping one another power through our own private issues and get these things done so we can bring to you our findings and investigations to this point. For the foreseeable future, we will not be looking for new members but would welcome any submissions of sites to investigate.
Thank you for all of your support and we will get this right before we give you anything just to give you something.
In the good ole days (not too far gone) the ‘mob’ had a piece of the suburb of New Orleans called Metairie, Louisiana. This chunk of real estate was called “Fat City” and it was loaded with bars, strip clubs, burlesque shows, and a variety of the things most normal people find to be a necessity in society.
At some point, after Hurricane Katrina, certain interests decided that not only New Orleans but even the couple of blocks known as Fat City needed to become as safe and ‘family-friendly’ as Walt’s World/Land. If you have a soul, you know that the world needs and desires something more adult than a teen in a mouse costume (although that could be a dark thing in and of itself.)
In an effort to eliminate the adult activities that took place in Fat City a certain person in Parish government began a one woman war against this very popular area. Mob influence was mostly gone from there, and it was a place even respected people would go for a good time without needing to go into #NOLA. In fact those people included this official’s father (a senior law enforcement officer) who was a frequent visitor to many of the great restaurants and other places, which might very well be why this official pushed to stamp this place out of existence. An ordnance was passed barring ‘live entertainment’ after an unreasonable time… since the area was mainly surrounded by commercial entities.
The last of the burlesque clubs, in fact, any adult-related places was “The Ship’s Wheel.”
Two nights before it closed we were seemingly able to ask the proprietor his feelings about it, even though he had passed away years earlier.
@paranolasarah and @paranolajoe were both there along with some of those from the “Ship’s Wheel” to experience what can only be described as the most unusual and striking REM-Pod activity we have known to occur. We have it documented and it is on deck to enter our site soon at http://tv.paranola.com
It seems the world of the paranormal has become more of a social event than a scientific or sincere investigation. We are doing our damn-est to bring you what we have recorded, documented and witnessed first hand over the past few months. Do we turn things around in a short period of time, no. The simple answer is this, “we want to make sure we follow as best we can to the scientific method and our real-time experiences.”
These experiences can be complicated, not only that they can be emotionally and physically traumatic. We are doing out best to bring you well produced versions of what we experienced so you can have as accurate of a portrayal of what the investigators went through as well as any of those who were with us. That takes some time, particular with necessary personnel changes and being respectful to those who had traumatic experiences during the investigations.
Within the next week or two you will see clips from what we are working on now. Three NEW investigations done, while we continue to press for more to investigate. It is important that everyone recognizes that those who participate in these cases are not only doing scientific, paranormal, and scientific work but are experiencing REAL physical and emotional trauma at times.
Not every investigation, but it happens and has happened within the course of our last few investigations. All of our participants sign waivers to give the Krewe a chance to use whatever we film, but we are a family. Unless our family is comfortable sharing our experiences from the investigation, we will not move forward until/unless they do.
Thank you for your patience with us, your support, and your encouragement.