Todd Telle said his most interesting paranormal experience was with someone who didn’t believe in paranormal events. It was when an employee of a thermographic camera company brought equipment on an investigation for testing.
“He came running out of the halls, pale white and on the verge of crying. He said something came out of the floor and grabbed his leg and it felt like a hand. There’s cement walls there—it’s impossible. It’s interesting that it happened to somebody who wasn’t in it to find something paranormal,” Telle said.
Telle had paranormal experiences beginning in his early childhood. The experiences continued throughout his life; at one point he wasn’t getting enough sleep because of the encounters and almost lost his job. He said these experiences inspired him to get involved in ghost hunting. “I decided once I got through that, that I would try to help people in the same circumstance. It’s part explanation and trying give an answer to what I’ve seen, and to also help people so they know that they’re not alone,” Telle said.
Blair Mindak co-founded the group ‘Spirit Busters’ with Telle. Mindak said their group is made of both believers and skeptics. The group investigates many situations and decides whether the situation is legitimate enough to investigate or if it is fake.
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Mindak said most of the investigations end without a paranormal experienc, and most situations have an explanation. Telle said people often overreact because their senses are heightened and they are expecting something spiritual.
When she first got involved with paranormal investigating, Mindak enjoyed investigating and finding out what people were experiencing. As time went on, she found a more important part of investigating.
“Now I see when we go and visit these people, it’s personal. They’re getting something out of it. They’re leaving feeling satisfied and a lot of times more comfortable with their home or situation, so it’s helping people. I think now that has become the real benefit,” Mindak said.
Telle is working on trying to start an SGA recognized paranormal group on campus which would be connected with his current group. He said that just by talking to people there has been a large amount of interest.