Today I’m welcoming paranormal investigator, Robb Demarest of Ghost Hunters International. He’s also investigated on Haunting: Australia and on Seekers. Thank you, Robb for stopping by!
Sheila ~ Why the paranormal? Is it something that you’ve always been interested in or was there a particular instance that started it all for you?
Robb ~ It mainly started because my mom would take my sister and I to empty buildings in the area where we lived. Many of these buildings, of course, had received the reputation of being haunted. While I did not see any ghosts lingering about, it became a life-long passion.
Sheila ~ What was it like working with Jason, Grant and the rest of the crew of Ghost Hunters?
Robb ~ The funny thing is that, while it was great meeting them, I have never actually investigated alongside any of them. We have been in the same location, but I was with my good friend Dustin Pari the entire night.
Sheila ~ Did things change (in the paranormal sense) when you became the lead investigator for Ghost Hunters International?
Robb ~ I wouldn’t say anything changed for me in the paranormal sense. Perhaps the biggest change was being able to work alongside some great investigators with different mindsets that helped bring new ideas to the table.
Sheila ~ Of all the locations you visited worldwide, what was your favorite one and why?
Robb ~ I would say that there are a number that stick out. Clark Air Force Base Hospital in the Philippines was an incredible place in terms of activity and history. The monastery in Italy, an island prison in Costa Rica, an insane asylum in Australia… there have been a lot of dream locations that I’ve had the unique luck/honor of being able to investigate.
Sheila ~ Do you have any special gifts, like being psychic or a sensitive, that helped you with your investigations?
Robb ~ I am not a psychic or a sensitive. I would say my unique gift is to have an open mind. Most investigators go in to prove something. They may want to prove there are ghosts present or prove there aren’t. I try my best to just let the evidence speak for itself.
Sheila ~ What was the scariest encounter that you’ve experienced?
Robb ~ I don’t know if there has been anything too incredibly scary, but I was investigating a war museum in Malaysia, using a devise called an Echovox when I had hair-raising replies from the device. First, it said my name. I asked what I could do. A woman’s voice replied “Help”. I asked what I could do to help, and a young girl’s voice replied “die”.
Sheila ~ Have spirits ever followed you home from a location? And if so, what did you do to make them go away?
Robb ~ I think no ghosts have followed me home because US immigration is so tough. No, I’ve never had anything follow me home.
Sheila ~ Have you ever been physically attacked by a paranormal entity?
Robb ~ I have never been attacked. I have asked the spirit of a little girl to take my hand, and subsequently had the air around my hand drop instantly. Keep in mind this was on a VERY warm summer’s night in Argentina.
Sheila ~ What is your favorite piece of equipment when doing an investigation and why?
Robb ~ My go-to piece of equipment is a digital voice recorder. I probably have 20 or so of them. I believe EVP (electronic voice phenomenon) is the best evidence that we have been able to collect in our search for ghosts.
Sheila ~ Do you have any advice for anyone that wants to become a paranormal investigator?
Robb ~ My advice, as always, is be you. Don’t model how you investigate on what you saw on tv or glimpsed in a book. For the field to move forward, investigators need to keep trying new ideas, techniques, and equipment. This is the only chance to move forward. Thank you for inviting me for this interview. I will be doing a very rare public appearance on October 10th at The Italian Club in Tampa Florida for an evening of real paranormal investigation. More details and tickets available at www.FLghosttours.com.
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