Niverville – Notes from Jeff – Season 2 – Episode 6
I once read a newspaper article written about a location my team and I had investigated (The WDM). The article interviewed a different team than ours, and they of course brought a much different perspective. In the article the lead investigator spoke of paranormal investigations as “about as entertaining as watching paint dry”.
I disagree. Paranormal investigations are thrilling. What better than an exploration of the spirit world and its interactions with the living. What more rewarding than giving someone without a voice – an opportunity to be heard. What is more exciting than trying to reach out and touch the untouchable, or seeing the unseen?
NOTHING! EXCEPT – when the spirits you are dealing with either won’t/can’t interact, or there is a possibility the tales you have been told about a given location, and the eyewitness accounts prove to be false (or worse fabricated!).
As investigators – it is important to understand that this business is full of challenges – the number one being frustration.
There have been few cases that have tested out meddle more than this one. While Kristine and Andre’s experiences seemed to be totally genuine – we had almost no success capturing anything in their residence. I recall receiving the phone call featured in the episode. It was late. We had wrapped for the night after a very quiet investigation at the home. I recall the frustration in Kristine’s voice as well. She wanted us to see what she had been seeing, she wanted validation. Something we had been unable to give her thus far.
I wish I could tell you that we managed to capture incredible things off camera – or that someone managed to have an experience of some sort inside the home—but sadly – I cannot. Nothing happened.
No interactions, voices, etc. It was very odd just how inactive the space was.
Do I think there is activity in the home?
Do I believe Kristine’s story?
So what happened? Why were we unable to capture anything?
I’m not sure to be exact. But I will tell you this much. We can’t capture something every single time.
Sometimes it is exactly as the article had stated “Like watching paint dry.”
Those investigations where there is no activity are still valuable. They give you an opportunity to utilize many skills as an investigator. The most important one being the ability to be critical. The ability to debunk our own evidence.
The moments when we are unable to capture anything are sobering for us as investigators. They bring us back to the reality of the work that we do. I compare paranormal investigative work to fishing. You won’t always catch something. You often will need to try different forms of bait, different parts of the lake, and occasionally you’ll go home with an empty net.
Not every investigation is going to gain credible evidence or experiences. I think it is important to show that side of this work on television.