No matter how old we get, there will always be a special place in the imagination for most of us for all things paranormal. Even the most skeptical, if coaxed into letting their guard down, can tell a story or two of some strange event they’ve experienced in the wee hours of the night or while alone in the deep dark woods or in an old abandoned house or building- an event that could not be explained.
What is it that keeps us interested in ghosts and ghouls and witches and banshees, even years after we’ve outgrown the concepts of Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and pots of gold at the end of rainbows?
In recent times, such television shows as “Ghost Hunters” and movies like “Paranormal Activity” have caused a resurgence in public paranormal interest and mom and pop ghost hunting clubs have been cropping up across the globe. Small groups of friends, many middle aged and older, have been rekindling near childlike fascinations for ghosties and ghoolies and have taken to the graveyards, backwoods, creepy houses and other areas of alleged hauntings and doing their own investigations, attempting to answer that age old question; are ghosts real?
I recently asked Chris Pennybacker from Huber Heights, Ohio about his experiences with the paranormal and his group Ghost Ops. The group was co-founded by Pennybacker and his good friend Nicholas Depasquale. The two friends formed Ghost Ops because they both have a deep fascination for the paranormal and they were curious about getting into a field where they could help other people.
“The team was formed in February of 2012,” Pennybacker says. “Team members include myself and Nick as founders/lead investigators, and also Rob Gibson – media tech/ lead investigator, and Marie Inderrieden – investigator.
“Personally, I have been a paranormal enthusiast since I was very young,” Pennybacker explains. “I study all things paranormal. I have about 20-25 books that range in topic from haunted locations, to metaphysics, to parapsychology. The paranormal is a topic I just can’t learn enough of. It’s always been fascinating to me. And it still is.”
When asked about a memorable paranormal experience, Pennybacker says, “I have had my fair share of paranormal experiences even before I started the team. But to me, my most amazing experiences come from the team while investigating, and going to the locations that we do. One week, we’ll have an amazing experience that is so great to come across, but then the next location will top that one. But, to give you an example – we have a YouTube page that features all of our videos, one of which is labeled “Camp of Shadows”. While we were there and filming our video- most of it was outside because of it being a camp- my energy was drained. Drained to the point that I thought I was going to faint. Against my better judgment, I chose to use some provocation to procure a response. While doing so, the more I spoke, the weaker I felt. But I just kept going. Rob was filming, and no sooner than when I felt like complete crap, our REM-pod AND K2 went off -to red- simultaneously. Outside! With no electricity anywhere near us, and no bugs flying around because it was at the end of winter.
“What I usually say to people that don’t believe in the paranormal, is ghosts ARE real,” Pennybacker says of doubters. “Whether you believe in them or not. And just because you haven’t seen them doesn’t change that fact. They don’t actively go to places looking for ghosts like people in this field do. I say go to any paranormal team’s website or facebook page yourself, and take a look at pictures they have, audio, or even video, and draw your own conclusions.
You can follow Ghost Ops and all their ghostly adventures on their Facebook page. Videos of their hunts, and the one referred to in this article can be viewed on YouTube at this link: http://www.youtube.com/GhostOpsOhio
*Kevin E Lake is an Iraq War veteran and an author. His books, including Amazon’s previous #1 rated ghost novel in customer satisfaction “From the Graves of Babes” can all be found on Amazon.