Have you ever wondered what a Paranormal Investigation is really like? Are the ones you see on television and movies close to reality or are they exaggerated? I sat down with Paranormal Investigator Brandon Keeler of He’iau True Ghost Hunters, and we had an interesting conversation. Since I often write about the supernatural (ghosts, psychics and witches) in my novels, I was personally excited to find out what PI work is all about.
How long have you been performing paranormal investigations?
I’ve always had a love for the paranormal. My first real investigation was when I was 21. There was an old house down the road from my girlfriend’s house, which had burned down. I asked her about it, and she didn’t know much other than the entire family had died in the house. I did some research and found the older son had actually killed the mother and two sisters, the father, and then killed himself because his girlfriend had left him. So I’d have to say about 11 years. What was really cool during this investigation was I took some still pictures, and was able to catch what looked like two kids in the pictures.
What prompted you to begin doing PI work?
My grandpa died in 1998. One evening about two weeks after he passed away, I was in the living room, and smelled his scent that he always had on around him. I thought I heard someone walking up the stairs, so I turned my volume off on the TV, and that’s when definitely I heard footsteps going up the stairs. I got up thinking it was either my sister or my mom and went around the corner, only to see my grandpa walking up the stairs. I froze and said, “Pawpaw”, and he stopped and looked at me and smiled, then continued walking upstairs and disappeared. I screamed and ran out of the house. Funny as that sounds now, that’s really how paranormal investigations started for me. I always wanted to find ways to reach out and talk to my grandparents again, and as time went by, I learned other ways to attempt to communicate with the dead.
How many site visits have you done?
Officially…5… Unofficially, 15. From simple things like graveyards, to houses, all the way up to old school buildings that have flooded, to an old mental hospital.
What equipment do you like to use?
I love my SB7 Spirit Box, and my Full Spectrum IR Digital Camera. The SB7 scans through radio frequencies at a rate of 7 sweeps per second, and it goes backwards to wash out normal sounds you get from radio stations. Anytime you use it, and you get full voice responses forward, that’s usually a spirit. My camera is very helpful because I see in the full range of light spectrums, most of which we cannot see, and that’s how I am able to see spirits.
Tell us about your most successful investigation.
Well, I cannot say the name(s) of the family because they requested I not share the full information about it, but I can tell you it involved a very tragic situation─two young kids who happened to have their lives taken in a horrible accident. I was able to contact the family, and with their blessings, was able to reach out and contact the kids and put to light what happened and let the family know they’re always there and are ok.
Has your work led you to develop any theories about the supernatural?
I think it’s like a script the spirits have to follow with regards to what they can or cannot say to the living. I often feel that there has to be a place they are when they aren’t visible to us.
What is your dream job scenario for a paranormal investigation?
I have so many of those. I would love to go to Scotland and England. There is an old Inn call the Ram Inn. There are so many stories about it that I want to find out more. Scotland has so many that I cannot list. Let’s just say it’s a good five or six months of non-stop investigations and that I’d get my own evidence.
You don’t charge for your work, but ask for donations instead. Tell us about the charity you support.
This again goes to the beginning of my most successful investigation. It’s in a family member’s name so all the funds I receive, go directly to them. Let’s just say it goes to a great cause. I’m always welcomed to accept donations for them only. I must explain that 100% of any monetary contributions that come to me, go directly to them from me. You know you see some of these TV stars who have their own shows and make tons of money and expect more because they’re showing off things. I’m not that way. Would fame be great? Heck yeah. But I’m not about money in this. I want families who have had tragic events take place to get answers they deserve, and not have to pay anything to have my company go out and investigate for them.
Please let all your readers know, in the Atlanta area especially, they can contact me at any time at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d love to help them out. I like having help come along with me too on investigations. I hope they know that Spirits have voices too. They often just need to know they’re being acknowledged, and that can help them pass on to the next life. Thanks for having me. I plan on doing a lot more investigations in 2017!
Good luck Brandon with your upcoming investigations and with the charity efforts. I’d love to go along on a job someday, especially if you go to Scotland! If I get the chance, you’ll hear about it here on my blog. And if you’d like to know more about my books, see my website at http://reneeregent.com
Have you ever been on a Paranormal Investigation? I’d love to hear about it!