by Sarah A. Peterson-Camacho
October is a busy time of year for the 11th Hour Paranormal Research Society (PRS). Whether it’s a presentation on the paranormal at A Book Barn in Clovis or an appearance at Fresno’s Gaia Fest Fall 2017, the Halloween season keeps the members of PRS on their toes. Kings River Life caught up with member Kimi Lopez to get the scoop on the organization’s most active month.
KRL: What is the 11TH Hour Paranormal Research Society, and when was it founded?
Kimi: PRS was founded in 2009 by Crissy Campbell and Chad Stambaugh. It’s an organization that investigates paranormal phenomena, especially ghosts and hauntings, with an emphasis on research and education.
We investigate sites of paranormal activity, including private homes, cemeteries, businesses and historical sites, in order to document and validate the existence of ghosts, as well as to educate. We follow strict procedures in our investigations, utilizing both technical equipment and psychic mediums trained in the parapsychology and spiritual fields.
KRL: How many members are there?
Kimi: Currently we are a team of five?Crissy Campbell, Chad Stambaugh, Kimi Lopez, Peter Mathis and Guy Lee.
KRL: What locations have you investigated?
Kimi: We investigate all types of locations, primarily private residences, but also public places such as Hanford’s Carnegie Museum, the Zalud House in Porterville, Warnors Theatre, Oakhurst’s Sierra Sky Ranch, and the USS Hornet.
KRL: What is the scariest paranormal experience you’ve ever had?
Kimi: All of us profess that we are more afraid of the living than the dead, but we have all had some weird experiences that were shocking.
KRL: What is your opinion on investigators who provoke the spirits to get results?
Kimi: We have a strict “no provoke” rule. We feel it’s reckless and dangerous to ourselves and those who come after us. It’s disrespectful to spirits that are there, and we just don’t do that.
KRL: What do you think keeps the dead from moving on?
Kimi: It depends. We have found that there are several kinds of hauntings, from residual (spiritual recordings on a certain location) and intelligent (ghosts that actually know they are there). Some don’t move on due to attachments to people or places. Sometimes, though, we feel that the haunting was never even human, and builds a mound of negative energy.
KRL: Do you have any tips for aspiring ghost hunters?
Kimi: My best advice is three-fold. 1) Take the time to learn from a reputable team. 2) Always get permission to investigate a location. 3) Without fail, protect yourself spiritually (whatever form that is), so you don’t get hurt.
KRL: What upcoming events does PRS have planned?
Kimi: 11th Hour will be at the Gaia House of Healing’s holistic fair, Gaia Fest Fall 2017, on Saturday, October 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 2755 E. Shaw Ave. (#102), Fresno. We also offer (at Gaia House) an introduction to paranormal investigating. We also travel to many different paranormal conventions, and speak on a variety of topics.
KRL: Do you think Halloween really is the time of year when the veil between the worlds is at its thinnest?
Kimi: We have come to realize, and it is our opinion, that there is not a time of year for spirits, but a human response that is heightened during this transitional time of year. The environment heightens our awareness of paranormal activity.
For more information on the 11th Hour Paranormal Research Society, please visit their Facebook page.