Investigating spontaneous cases

Investigating spontaneous cases
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Investigation reports

There are some selected paranormal case reports (ghosts, poltergeists, hauntings, etc.) here, as well as lots of other useful articles.

Become an investigator

Our investigators conduct research into spontaneous cases of anomalous phenomena. Those are cases that are reported to ASSAP, such as ghosts, UFOs, alien animals, etc. Investigations are undertaken according to standardised practices using a code of conduct.

ASSAP operates a National Register of Approved Investigators (AAIs).  AAIs undertake training and complete an investigation write-up to demonstrate their learning.  AAIs may then be approved by ASSAP to undertake ASSAP cases.  The best way to start the process of becoming an AAI is to attend an ASSAP Training Weekend.  The AAI network produces its own newsletter and holds occasional meetings.

Extensive practical investigation tips

For specialist paranormal investigation articles, including cold spots, vigils, 'ghost hunting' and doors that open by themselves, see investigation hints and tips . There are a series of pages on the use of instruments on vigils including baselines, paranormal equipment failure and ghost detectors. See also here.

You don't need to understand complex science to investigate. Here's an intro.

Not just ghosts

Inevitably many ASSAP investigations involve ghosts. The reason for this is that hauntings recur at a specific location. Therefore, (a) you might get lucky and experience something yourself and (b) you can see if there is anything remarkable about the location.

We do also investigate anything weird like fish falls, UFOs, alien animals, weeping statues, etc. See the ASSAP FAQ for a full list of subjects covered.

The department is run by the National Investigations Co-ordinator (NIC) with the assistance of a deputy.

Investigations Initiatives

  • If you wish to report a case to ASSAP for investigation, follow this link.
  • The department runs a training programme, including a weekend course, for investigators
  • We organise vigils for investigators at reputedly haunted locations - these are open to AAIs and other members
  • There is a prize, the Michael Bentine Memorial Shield, that is awarded annually for the best case report submitted
  • Case reports are stored in our archives for the benefit of the research community.

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