What does P.M.S. have to do with ghosts? Everything when it stands for Paranormal Moms Society.
In a recent interview with Paranormal Moms Society’s co-founder Christie Chaidez, I was able to find out more details about her and the Chicago area group she co-founded.
The first question I had to ask was, how did you come up with the name Paranormal Moms Society and was the use of the letters P.M.S. intentional?
Christie Chaidez, We get a lot of questions regarding our group name and logo. We were sitting around one day after discussing many aspects, how to afford equipment, how to locate potential members, where to investigate, and we decided the next step had to be deciding on a name before we went any further. But we were both tired at the time and decidedly crabby, and our brainstorming wasn’t going well. I made some comment about waiting until the next day because 2 cranky women who were both suffering from PMS weren’t going to be able to decide anything. We looked at each other and the light bulb went off so to speak. Since we knew we wanted the group to consist of moms like ourselves who were interested in paranormal study, it wasn’t hard to then come up with the Paranormal Moms Society (P.M.S.).
When was Paranormal Moms Society founded and what led to its creation?
The group was founded in 2007 by myself and a friend who is no longer involved with the group, so I am the only remaining founder.
We started the group because we had both had paranormal experiences growing up and were very much interested in all things paranormal. We wanted to help compile evidence to aide in validating the experiences of others and to further paranormal research.
I understand you do private investigations for people who need your assistance, is this correct?
Yes, we do private investigations by request. Our services are offered for free to anyone needing our help. We handle investigations in and around Chicago and the suburbs, but would be willing to travel short distances out of state if we were needed.
How many members do you have?
Our group is currently 6 members and we also have two wonderful guys who help out with filming for us and with moving the equipment on larger cases.
Christie also explained Paranormal Moms Society’s hope of a television series.
In the past year and a half we’ve been in talks with two separate production companies with hopes of working with us on a TV show featuring our group, yet so far, no networks have agreed since there are so many paranormal groups out there already. But we still have hope that one of them will realize how different we are and give us a chance
What is the most important piece of equipment, or suggestion you would give someone who is new ghost investigating?
In my opinion, the most important piece of equipment a ghost hunter would want when starting out would be a simple, digital voice recorder. Some of the most compelling evidence we have collected in our time investigating are EVPs and attempting to record an EVP is something anyone can do.
Do you believe in ghosts, and what is your theory of why they exist if you do?
Yes, I do believe that ghosts exist and hope that, through our research, we are able to provide evidence to support that theory. My feelings are that certain people, after death, don’t completely move on due to something tying them to their previous life. Unfinished business, a message they need to pass on, etc.
Since your group is comprised primarily of mothers, are you personally open with your children about the possibility of ghosts or spirits?
Since the ages of our children vary so greatly, so does the answer to this particular question. The older children have, by this point, already formed their own opinions regarding this subject. The youngest children, I think, are not quite ready to understand the concept. My son is 9 and he is aware of what I do and finds it fascinating, as do the children of some of the other moms. They are very supportive of us and proud of their ghost hunting moms.
As a women myself interested in all things paranormal, I found it refreshing to see a group primarily composed of women exploring the unknown.