Cape Town, September 2016 – Locally based and home grown group, Cape Town Paranormal Investigations (CTPI), proudly invite you to be part of a rapidly developing field of interest and study: Paranormal Research.
Tracy Morland of CTPI says, “If someone has an intruder, they call the police or relevant armed response company. If someone feels they may have a ghost, who do they turn to? Costly therapists for something that may easily be explained? We cannot in good conscience ask for payment for our services. We feel that what we do are in some ways an essential service… the relief displayed from past clients’ and the respect garnered along the way makes this all worthwhile, not to mention the amazing places and interesting people that we meet along the way.”
Founded in 2014 by Marc Leitao, Cape Town Paranormal Investigations – or CTPI – quickly gained momentum. Born out of a desire to know more about the unexplained, and adding to its ranks like-minded individuals that now make up the team, CTPI is contacted by people from all walks of life seeking validity and guidance on paranormal events that affect them, and what they could do about it. CTPI then attempts to confirm or debunk their claims in a logical, scientific manner, through this, they are able to ease their clients’ fears.
Paranormal investigation, as a field of study, has grown in the last ten to fifteen years, bolstered by popular American-made television shows as Ghost Hunters and Destination Truth. And while many maintain that these shows are merely armchair entertainment, serious paranormal researchers do exist, and are driven by a need to document things that are unexplained; not for the fame or sensationalism, but for the sake of learning more about those things that indeed go “bump in the night” Cape Town Paranormal is one such group.
Marc Leitao of CTPI says, “People have real fears, this is something we’ve found along the way, and whilst there is still a stigma attached to discussing their stories or experiences, we find that more often than not, most people have a story to tell.”
CTPI’s overall goal is to either ascertain and document, or disprove the presence of paranormal activity, by using a wide array of technological equipment, customized devices, and scientific methodology. Receiving messages or calls for assistance on an everyday basis, the group will set up a time and date to carry out an investigation. After carefully researching any history surrounding the site in question, the group will enter a location and carry out their investigation. This takes several hours, and at times may involve more than one investigation of the same site. The information gathered is then carefully reviewed, and events that may have occurred are either documented or de-bunked. The evidence is then presented to the client.
Since its origins, CTPI has had the opportunity to investigate claims of unexplained activity in private residences, businesses, historic buildings, hospitals and even schools. Most recently, a well-known school situated in Simon’s Town invited the team to investigate reports of paranormal activity that has over the years excited and terrified both students and staff alike.
Accompanied by two individuals that had themselves attended the school in the past, the group was able to experience and document some thrilling findings, and have since posted these findings to their social media platform for their viewers and supporters. Some other well-known locations investigated include the Tygerberg Hospital, the Green Point Lighthouse, and the historic Glen lodge – now the Southern Right Hotel – in Glencairn.
Essentially a self-funded and non-profit, community-based group, CTPI is reaching out to the communities of Cape Town to support them and help them grow. In doing so, these communities become a part of the overall work that they do.
By utilizing the crowd-funding group Thundafund.com , CTPI is appealing to local individuals and organizations to assist by sponsoring them in their ventures. Unlike most paranormal research and investigative groups, CTPI has elected not to charge the client for their services, but rather to provide a free service to those in need.
To support their crowd funding campaign, please visit www.thundafund.com/project/cptparanormal