Many have been spooked at some time in their lives. A woman enters a stately room and admires the antique furnishings and then gets a chill as someone brushes past her.
Yet she sees no one. How many times when one lays down to sleep does the house seem to come creepily alive. What are those creaks, footsteps or low moans?
Some events can be attributed to a vivid imagination or fears. Others can be found to have a reasonable explanation. But, as for the rest? Those experiences where human senses detect something unexplained are classified as paranormal.
Flipping through the channels on satellite TV reveals a variety of programs on ghost hunters doing paranormal investigations in homes, abandoned prisons, at international hotels and historic theaters in the U.S.
A new enterprise has started in Hotchkiss known as Hotchkiss Paranormal Investigators (HPI). Founder Hector Zeferino grew up in the North Fork Valley attending pre-school in Paonia and receiving the rest of his education in Hotchkiss. His parents still live in Hotchkiss and his grandmother in Delta.
His interest in the paranormal began when he was a child. "I've always been interested in the paranormal," Zeferino said. He never misses seeing "Ghost Hunters" with TAPS (The Atlantic Paranormal Society) on the SciFi channel every Wednesday. He shares e-mails with members of TAPS to learn from the successful group. Like HPI, they are based in a small town.
Zeferino and his team members Curtis Beauchamp of Hotchkiss and Troy Benson and Max Seeger of Gunnison do their ghost hunting out of a shared interest in the paranormal and to help people. They charge nothing for their investigations.
This summer HPI will be investigating five locations in the old mining town of Cripple Creek. They have an appointment to investigate the famous Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, the setting for "The Shining" by author Stephen King.
HPI's motto is "Finding Out the Truth." They help people figure out what is happening at their property.
Zeferino said he has never been afraid while doing an investigation. In fact, in his last three investigations people have not been afraid of the paranormal activity, but were seeking understanding and confirmation of what was actually happening. HPI has investigated homes, barns and other buildings in Hotchkiss. HPI uses video and audio recordings to try and catch activity.
HPI team members have full time jobs and do the investigations in their spare time. Anyone who would like a paranormal investigation, may call 872-4426 and leave a message. Hector Zeferino can be found on facebook where he posts updates about his investigations.blog comments powered by Disqus