Steve said the presentations this year have brought in a lot of great questions. According to him, the thing they have to explain most often is that all is not as it seems.
“It may look and sound like your Aunt Rose, but that doesn’t mean it is. We recently did an investigation at a home in Westport and caught an audio recording of a voice saying, ‘Stab him! Stab him!’” Steve said.
Unlike some other investigative groups, PPI never provokes spirits because they believe it to be disrespectful. In addition, while they require homeowners to be present during investigations, they never allow children under the age of 18 to attend. Jenn added that just a few bad groups can give the whole field a bad name.
For example, they knew of a group in Anderson that visited an abandoned home where a malicious spirit resided and were shocked to discover that it had followed them home. They cautioned newcomers to the field to find an experienced group instead of just going somewhere that is rumored to be haunted because one never truly knows what they will find.
“It’s like with an Ouija board. The board isn’t the bad thing; it’s what you do with it. Don’t open a portal if you can’t close it,” Jenn said.
Both Jenn and Steve have extensive experience with the paranormal field. Jenn is an empath or an intuitive, also known as a medium and Steve is sensitive as well. PPI only has nine members and the Hodgsons report that the group’s blend of science and faith has worked well for them.
Recently, PPI has been featured on two episodes of the Biography Channel’s “My Ghost Story,” with investigations at the old Hartford City Jail and a private residence in Fort Wayne. At the home in Fort Wayne, they captured an electronic voice phenomenon (EVP) of a female voice saying, “I am the devil. Dance.”