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Memphis Paranormal Investigations
"A shadowy figure that you can see through," said Mike Einspanjer, the owner of Memphis Paranormal Investigations and grief counselor.
Einspanjer says suicides often produce ghosts. "This wasn't a planned event," said Einspanjer. Einspanjer says he keeps those who contact him confidential. - WREG
Curious about the ghost hunting process, I spoke to Rev. Mike Einspanjer, owner of Memphis Paranormal Investigations.
Here is what he had to say.
Michael Einspanjer has been a purveyor of the paranormal for more than 20 years.
In 2001, Einspanjer formed Memphis Paranormal Investigation, a collaborative effort that looks into ghostly activities in the Bluff City and abroad. "Most of the urban legends you see on the news are exactly that - myths" he said. Einspanjer has made a name for himself by debunking local and national urban legends free of charge. "A lot of people have ridden on my coattails over the years," Einspanjer said. "But there are probably a few hundred people across the country who can testify about the validity of my work." According to Einspanjer, ghostly entities are composed of heat or electrical energy, memories, and emotions - mostly emotions. "A real haunting has physical symptoms. You can feel the emotion that the spirit is dealing with," he said. "If a spirit lingers, they are here for a reason." While one might imagine paranormal investigation requires a "Ghostbusters"-esque arsenal of tools, Einspanjer operates with minimal equipment. His crew often enters sites with little more than a handheld camcorder and a readiness to confront something otherworldly. "How you approach a paranormal investigation determines your outcome," Einspanjer said. "It doesn't matter about the equipment - it's all about the attitude." Einspanjer said the signs of a ghostly presence are obvious to anyone in tune with their emotions. A cold chill in a windless hallway. A feeling of heat being drained from the head to toe. A sudden onset of anxiety or other negative emotions. "That's how you know you aren't alone," he said. Einspanjer has investigated Mynders Hall twice during his 23-year career. Both times, he returned empty-handed. "Not to say the place isn't haunted - we just haven't seen enough evidence to convince us otherwise," he said.
Memphis Paranormal Investigations owner Mike Einspanjer also teaches a Paranormal 101 class twice monthly.
Students learn the basics of "ghost hunting," but also learn to have respect for the dead. The main goal of the company is to help people understand paranormal activity in their homes or businesses, basing its work on the belief that ghosts are not mere figments of our imaginations. It's not about the money, Einspanjer says, but rather the motivation to uncover these hidden spirits. "We chose years ago to keep money out of our business," he says. "This is one of the cornerstones of my company. I have been studying the paranormal since 1989 and I share everything that I have learned for free." Members of Memphis Paranormal Investigations, which has been featured on the Travel Channel, also raise their profile by making a strong commitment to philanthropy. "We do so much more than paranormal investigation," Einspanjer says. "We donate time and money to abused womens' and childrens' agencies in the Midsouth. We offer spiritual grief counseling." In today's volatile business environment, with gays often struggling to assert themselves, the importance of being out and proud isn't lost on Einspanjer. "I proudly let people know that mine is a gay owned business," he says.
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