Spooky Isles talks to Karin Beasant and Gem Tredwin from the Official Jamaica Inn Paranormal Team in Cornwall.
Karin and Gem discuss the benefits of having exclusive access to the world-famous haunted site for many years.
Karin Beasant, Official Jamaica Inn Paranormal Team Investigator Q&A
How long have you been investigating the paranormal?
Do you believe in ghosts and if so, what is a ghost?
More of a sceptic, as no one can prove ghosts exist and if they really are dead people.
What was your first paranormal encounter?
When I had my own haunted pub 30 years ago.
What evidence have you uncovered that makes you consider ghosts are real?
Evidence is down to individual belief. I am still searching.
Are you a psychic? Do you consider psychics a help or hindrance for paranormal investigations?
No abilities at all. I think in the correct context they can help, if we can back up their claims with hard facts.
How do you prepare for a ghost hunt/paranormal investigation?
I need to know all the history I can find about the location and the local area.
What tips would you give a person going on a paranormal investigation for the first time?
Read! Look at both ends of beliefs, from spiritual to scientific and find the niche that fits you. But question everything.
What is your favourite piece of paranormal investigation equipment?
Knowledge, pen and paper.
Tell us about your favourite moment from a paranormal investigation.
The funniest was at Tettenhall Towers. I am walking through a corridor on my own at 3am and in my right ear a male voice called me a wanker in a pisstake manner. I burst out laughing and decided that I want to be just like that when I die, if it is all real.
What makes a great haunted location?
Sometimes the least haunted looking location can take you by surprise. I expect nothing, so I am not disappointed.
If you could investigate a haunted location, where would it be?
Too many alas. Windsor Castle, for its history as well as the reported ghosts.
Read any good paranormal books or watched any paranormal TV lately?
Not much paranormal telly, but love my history books and have just finished a Richard Estep book.
Read more about the Jamaica Inn and its paranormal team at www.jamaicainn.co.uk
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