Everyone loves a good ghost story and plenty of supernatural tales were told when the three paranormal teams; MVD Ghostchasers, Sonoran Paranormal Investigations, and the Crossing Over Paranormal Society took center stage during the four days of Phoenix ComiCon–May 28-31, 2015. The packed conference rooms was evidence that unexplained phenomena is still a hot topic.
The Crossing Over Paranormal Society (AKA the COPS CREW) opened the Thursday Horror Panels with a discussion on the “Life of a Teenage Ghosthunter”. Jay and Marie Yates discussed their personal lives growing up ‘haunted,’ raising children with paranormal sensitivity, and the trials and tribulations Jay Yates encountered trying to make sense of the supernatural in his younger days. The group also focused on teens trying to make sense of the paranormal by becoming ghost hunters themselves.
Friday evening the Crossing Over Paranormal Society did back to back panels—starting with “When Ghosts Attack.” The team discussed how working on cases of demons or the unknown can sometimes turn around and make the investigator the hunted. They showed photos of unexplained scratches and mysterious ink scribbles on clothing that began to happen after taking on a difficult case. The team members are very diverse in their beliefs and paranormal investigating techniques which make up a good all around working crew.
Back for a late hour subject, “It’s Demonic” The COPS Crew shared how they determine whether a case is a basic haunting or something more demonic. They discussed some of their personal experiences and encounters with the unknown on investigations and their personal lives.
Saturday morning, long time Valley investigators, The MVD Ghostchasers were back with their hats and offered a power point presentation on “Haunted Phoenix.” Team members shared ghost stories of haunted hotels, local Phoenix pubs, restaurants, theaters, train stations, churches, offices buildings and more. The team has investigated many of these locations over the years and shared personal experiences along with some of the local urban legends. Attendees were left plotting where they would have dinner or a drink later since some of the locations were within walking distance of the convention.
Later in the afternoon, Jay and Marie Yates were back to talk to the guests on what life is like for them behind their paranormal cases and the struggles they face leading a team of investigators into the darkest corners of Arizona. They talked about everything from time management issues, ghostly encounters, traveling, ghostly attacks, and their daily struggle as ghost hunters and “Life Behind the Case.”
Finally, Sunday wound down the weekend with Sonoran Paranormal Investigations going over their evidence collected through the years at “Scottsdale’s Haunted Libraries” including the Scottsdale Civic Center, Appaloosa Branch, and the Arabian Branch libraries. SPI demonstrated some of the tools of the trade and talked about methods they use for debunking things that might not ‘really’ go bump in the night.
The paranormal teams are back in the field seeking new and exciting haunts to discuss with the Phoenix ComiCon participants in 2016. Until then, keep hunting the haunts!
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