Paranormal Research Organization of the Southeast was formally founded in 2007. Paranormal investigating within Leitreanna Brown’s family goes back 4 generations. PROS was founded by Leitreanna Brown and Matthew Brown.
PROS mission statement reads: “PROS is a research organization of talented and experienced investigators from many diverse fields of study that are dedicated to researching, documenting, and validating paranormal phenomenon through the use of state of the art equipment. We are dedicated to assisting our clients with any and all paranormal issues and concerns. If any of the preceding are found during an investigation and are unwanted, we will do everything we can to educate, support, and facilitate our clients with dealing with their findings. As a group of dedicated investigators we will take all steps necessary to seek out, find, and document any paranormal activity. We will use a scientific approach in all investigations and not make claims until all evidence is collected and analyzed. We will use a skeptic’s point of view to ensure the authenticity of evidence and rule out any false findings. We will treat residents and their property with utmost respect and conduct our investigations in a courteous and professional manner. After a complete and thorough investigation, all findings will be presented to the requesting individuals with a complete explanation as to what was found. If a removal is requested and we as a group are unsuccessful, we will find someone who can help. Copies of all findings will be provided to all clients.”
PROS has 15 members and are located in South Carolina. They will travel all over if they are needed. Right now PROS is not accepting new members. When they do take on new members they are required to fulfill an area of either spiritual, analytical or technical area for the group.
PROS, as like many of the other groups out there, does follow a set of rules and guidelines. They require releases for their members, their clients, and for any of their evidence reveals. They do not allow their researchers to investigate alone.The first thing they want to do is list some basic steps to doing a paranormal investigation and then go into a bit more detail and elaborate on some of the ins and outs.
1. When you show up at someone’s home or place of business, keep your mind open. You should not automatically believe that you will find a haunting.
2. The preference is that no one be around so there is less chance of interference or contamination of evidence.
3. Plan the investigation. This should be done mostly in advance. Who is handling what portion of the technical duties; who has what equipment; how are teams divided up; who’s on what story/in what rooms; how are you communicating; where is the central command located; who is in charge? Most of this information is covered in our training.
4. Do your homework! What knowledge do you have about the situation? Do you have interviews with eyewitnesses, residents, etc.? Sometimes groups want to go blindly into an investigation without knowing any information so that their ideas and evidence is not “stacked” to include evidence towards the theories. Either way, going into a hunt knowing your plan is imperative.
5. Research – probably should have been #1 on this list. Has any other paranormal group investigated the property? Does it have known history of haunting/deaths/murders/illnesses and things of that nature? Designate someone to be the research point person who can do both online research plus hit the local libraries, courthouses, museums, historical societies and other repositories of information. All information should eventually be shared with the team.
6. Coordinate the ghost hunt with historical data. Has activity been on a regular basis? Is it mostly on Thursday nights between 2 and 3 am? Have the owners kept any kind of journal of paranormal occurrences? Conduct your investigation during known windows of activity if possible.
7. Report Back to the clients. You have to do reveals for all your paranormal investigations. This doesn’t mean it has to be in person. If nothing has been found, a reveal over the phone can be enough, but most people prefer a face to face, even if there is nothing to report. Don’t get the reputation as the paranormal investigation group that never returns. That sort of behavior will come back to haunt you — and not in the way you would like.
When setting up for investigations PROS will have their safety coordinators walk through to determine if there are any safety hazards. They will also determine a place to meet up in case of an emergency. They will then break up into teams and start investigating. While investigating they will try to debunk some of the claims of activity.
PROS will use the typical equipment such as K II meters, digital voice recorders, SLR cameras, camcorders, night vision cameras, dowsing rods, and they do use trigger objects depending on the location.
PROS can be found at their website.