The field of paranormal research is as vast and unique as those who study it. The plethora of television shows, movies, books, and websites devoted to ghost hunting has spawned many arm chair and weekend investigators. Not for the faint of heart, ghost hunters take physical, emotional, spiritual, and psychological risks when investigating a haunted location. Is there a common thread that runs among those who dedicate their lives to researching the paranormal? This series of articles will provide and insight into those who live to hunt the deceased. “10 Questions With” will ask the same 10 questions to paranormal investigators and their answers are just as diverse and unique as they are. This is an inside look into the beliefs and thoughts of paranormal investigator Michael Einspanjer of Memphis Ghost Hunters. Michael’s group of trusted investigators have been featured on the Travel Channel’s “Weird Travels”, the Fine Living Channel’s “We Live Here in Fear”, and “Dead Famous” for BBC America. The Memphis Ghost Hunters have had the opportunity to investigate places other groups have only dreamed of because of their credibility, honesty, and integrity. “I made the decision years ago to keep money out of my business. I have absolutely noting to gain (monetarily) by the information I teach,” says Mr. Einspanjer, who offers free ghost hunting classes and never charges for investigations. Ten questions with paranormal investigator Michael Einspanjer:
Christina: What got you interested in the paranormal?
Michael: The movie “Poltergeist” was actually the instigator in my interest in the paranormal. I found the investigators fascinating!
Christina: If you could only take one piece of ghost hunting equipment on an investigation, what would it be and why?
Michael: My VHS video camera from the 1980’s. You can’t fake the results. Whatever is on the big old magnetic tape is what was seen by the camera. I use them all the time!
Christina: Where is the most haunted location you have ever investigated?
Michael: The most haunted place in Memphis is Earnestine and Hazel’s. It’s a bar and restaurant now. It is a former brothel and “juke joint.” You can’t go there without either seeing or hearing a ghost.
Christina: Where is the one place that you haven’t investigated that you would most like to?
Michael: I would love to visit Alcatraz for the night with my team. JUST VISIT! lol.
Christina: Whose ghost would you most like to have a conversation with and why?
Michael: Truman Capote. He’s kind of a hero of mine. Love everything he ever wrote, and most of what he said
Christina: Have you ever gotten scared during an investigation or have you ever been concerned about your safety because of paranormal activity?
Michael: A paranormal investigator that says they have never been scared is a liar. Point blank. You are in death what you were in life, and with that said, some people are still people you want to be leery of, even though they are dead.
Christina: Who do you admire and respect in the field of paranormal studies and why?
Michael: The Warrens (Lorraine and Ed) first come to mind. They have proven themselves to be honest and real, time and time again.
Christina: Where do you see ghost hunting in 10 years?
Michael: Hopefully it will go back to its roots. I’m proud to say that I was in this field LONG before the television shows came about. Now the field is sullied with scam artists and people out to make a buck. There are groups who charge for most of what they do or have a criminal background. That is not how I want to represent our field of study. (All members of Michael’s group undergo a background check.)
Christina: What one piece of advice would you give to someone who is new to ghost hunting?
Michael: Keep your credibility first and foremost!
Christina: If you have the opportunity to stick around after you die, would you and who would you haunt?
Michael: I personally just want to get to my next life or my reward, which ever comes first. I would hope to not become earthbound. But that’s just me.
Thank you, Michael, for taking the time to answer my questions. I wish you the best of luck in all of your future endeavors.