Saturday, September 30, 2006

Hard Clients and Hoaxing

In July and August, we did an investigation at a private residence in Waldorf. When we take on private residence clients, we try to screen them to make sure that a.) they aren't nutcases, b.) they aren't nutcases, and c.) they aren't nutcases. We really do try to check it out and help if we can. We don't necessarily want to restrict ourselves to more high profile cases at more high profile places. We enjoy private residences too, but some folks can make it hard. The team has endured homes reeking overwhelmingly with smoke, clients bringing folks in to watch like it's a "Come see the ghosthunters party!" and other things, but this was a new one even for us.

The young couple said they were seeing things go by in the hall, that things were moving and/or reappearing in other places. They seemed genuine, and the hard thing about this gig is that we deal with the paranormal. Having seen and experienced some crazy stuff in the course of it, you can't just rule it out entirely after screening without a prelim. We checked the place out, came up with some theories such as activity possibly being linked to their toddler (since a lot centered on the playroom), even got what we thought was a decent EVP, and the team agreed to another follow-up. The second time, there was nothing at all to make me think it merited a follow-up. No EVP. No readings. No nothing.

The group decided to go back and I didn't, as I went out of town. I wouldn't have if I was here. I just didn't think it deserved a 3rd visit. While there, one of our group members saw the client move something and blame it on a ghost. What?!

Hearing that, we were well, pissed. What was their motivation? To try to trick us? Let's play the ghosthunters for fools? A cry for attention? Why?

We do not get paid for this, so when we do homes, we truly want to help. We legitimately love ghosthunting and really want to help folks out who really do have issues going on in their homes--and there are folks who have some crap going down in their households that affects their day-to-day lives. So hoaxers, don't waste our time, please. It's such a hard judgment call already. Don't make it harder.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

"What was their motivation?"

Maybe they thought that they had to make something happen, since you all showed up and nothing was going on. I've heard about this kind of thing before, once the paranormal events stop, people start faking evidence to prove they weren't lying or crazy.

Then again, maybe they were just nutcases.

Ghosthunter L said...

I have heard of folks doing this too, which is why it makes it so hard to judge private residence cases to me. For us to even agree to come means that we don't think they were lying or crazy, so the hoaxing was totally unnecessary.

lynne said...

How frustrating. I'm sure that makes it harder to trust others who contact you.

Which brings me to a question...how do you screen the people you help? Do you get a lot of nutcases contacting you and how do you avoid going to their homes to investigate? It seems like it would be extremely difficult to know who's being truthful and who's crazy.

Ghosthunter L said...

We have a case manager who screens through both questionnaire and interview. We've actually gotten great cases via this process, but we've also gotten some questionable ones too. Definitely frustrating. You can't make up the emails that we get from folks, LOL.

Anonymous said...

From the (so called)Hoaxers:

I know the incident being referred to. It involves a light bulb box being moved to a room with a black light. To be fair, I never claimed that the ghost moved ANYTHING. I asked who moved it and how it got there. That night, during the investigation, I walked through the kitchen and threw out a sandwich bag when I saw the box that had been moved. I picked it up and then dropped it back on the couch. I was being watched by and was speaking to one of your staff the whole time. And Frank was like 6 feet behind me. Faking something would have been near impossible and would have just made me an a** and been a waste of your time. We still have things happening here on a regular basis and are VERY thankful to Al and crew for setting our minds at ease. I just wish you all had talked about this with us up front. We both feel very bad and a bit awkward that you guys think we are flakes.

Ghosthunter L said...

See one of my more recent postings and I've given you a chance to have your side heard...

Philosopher's Mess said...

Interesting post and blog, I think the person who suggested it might be their attempt at meeting your expectations might be right...or maybe their just jerks!