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Calling out all apparitions
In June 28 issue, Russell County News
By Greg Wells
Managing Editor

A vaporous full floating torso apparition got you nervous about your library?

Commonwealth Paranormal wants to hear from you.

They are a group of paranormal investigators, recently coming to light in Kentucky.

“Our clients provide us information about what they are experiencing,” explained on of the group’s leaders. “Then we come in with scientific equipment to either justify or de-bunk.”

He explained that sometimes the feelings people get are related to high levels of stray electro-magnetic fields, or mold problems.

“Sometimes the older wiring in houses will put off stray fields and that can make people feel like someone is watching them,” Dedman said. “Mold and stuff like that can make you feel nauseous.”

He said that nauseous feeling and other physical effects such as that can be traced to mold spores or other problems in a home.

“Not everything we find is paranormal,” He explained. “We go in and help the homeowner.”

To do that they bring in digital recording equipment, night vision cameras and other tools of the trade to sort out why people feel like there is an other-worldly presence in their home.

In addition to those physical explanations they have found evidence of the paranormal, Dedman said.

“We have photographs of shadow people, apparitions,” he said, adding that they have also recorded Electric Voice Phenomena, which people believe are proof of the departed trying to reach back to the living.

Dedman said he and a few others started the group and they are already are getting requests from people all across the state allegedly experiencing paranormal activity in their homes and businesses.

“The response has been overwhelming” says Co-Founder Joe Clark of Salyersville. “We have been an official group now for less than a week, and we have already received several cases, ranging from private residences to a family business in Central Kentucky.”

Although the group Commonwealth Paranormal is new, it’s members are no strangers to the paranormal field.

Co-Founders Dedman, along with Joe Clark, and Eric Willis, and investigators Mike and Sherryl Higdon, Karen Miles, and Investigator-In-Training Tyler Holbrook, were previously members of an area TAPS family group.

TAPS is a show on the Sci-Fi channel. In it investigators work to prove or disprove reported ghosts.

Dedman said he and Clark were in leadership positions with the other group before resigning to pursue Commonwealth Paranormal.

According Dedman, who lives in Louisville, eighty percent of all alleged paranormal activity can be attributed to natural causes. “We investigate using scientific methods, and most of the time, we are able to debunk the activity. However there are times you can’t.

And it is then, when you rule out all the possibilities, that you can declare the activity as being “paranormal.” But he said the group has yet to find any fakers or hoaxers among those who call them in.

He said his interest in the supernatural goes back to his childhood. “When I was 15 I was at Gettysburg when I saw a unit of Civil War soldiers at dusk.

They walked not 10 feet from me. We thought at first it was re-enactors, but as we got closer I realized what we were seeing we could see through,” Dedman said. “I wanted to know why me and what was going on. Later I came to understand I was not the only person this sort of thing happened to.”

Both Clark and Dedman say they have had their share of encounters with the paranormal.

“I’ve been touched by an unseen presence on three separate occasions, I’ve seen a partial apparition, I’ve heard voices and other sounds with my natural ear when there is no other person around but me, as well as other things”, says Clark.

Dedman has had similar experiences, but has also had more violent encounters. “One night while investigating a business in Northern Kentucky I was slapped in the face by an unseen force.

“Another time at a business in Central Kentucky I was scratched on my back by an entity; and I have pictures to prove that one.” he said. “Things have been taken out of team members pockets people have had their hair pulled. Some of it is playfulness, some aggressive.

“But I’ve never feared for my safety,” Dedman added. “I have always felt the man above was with me.”

“We will go anywhere we are needed and if for some reason we can’t, we will do our best to find another group closer to them,” says Clark.

They said that Commonwealth Paranormal investigates all cases scientifically using various electronic and surveillance equipment, ranging from digital cameras and recorders to video recorders.

“We are strictly scientific. We don’t use Ouija boards, we don’t conduct sťances or anything like that,” said Co-Founder Eric Willis of Louisville. “And, we do not charge to conduct investigations.

“All information regarding our investigations is kept confidential. We don’t release any information regarding the client or the location, unless they give us permission to do so,” he said.

Dedman said they have investigated over 100 locations, including Waverly Hills in Louisville, the old sanitarium where there were over 6,500 deaths.

“Where we found the apparition of a little boy,” Dedman said. “They call him Peter. He likes to play with toys and balls.”

He said they would leave toys in rooms and come back to find them in different locations. Dedman added that they also took photos of what he called “shadow people” at that location.

They say they will soon have a Web site. For now those wanting more information can email them at or see them on MySpace at
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