October 22, 2013
Springfield, Mo., October 21, 2013 — Millie Sharp is a Drury University staff member and a graduate student pursuing a Master of Arts in Communication. She has another title besides staff member and graduate student she’s also a paranormal investigator.
In 2010, Sharp participated in her first investigation with a research group and eventually joined that team. After a short time with the team, Sharp made the decision to leave in order to pursue graduate school.
“I really missed investigating,” said Sharp. “As I continued my graduate studies, I began to see that my passion for the paranormal could have connections with my academic life.”
Sharp in front of the Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs, Ark. where she and her team conducted an investigation.
After incorporating her interest of the paranormal into an assignment for a graduate course, Sharp was introduced to a different research team.
“We all worked very well together, and long story short, I was invited to join their organization,” said Sharp.
As an investigator in a paranormal research organization, Sharp visits public locations and private residences with claims of paranormal activity. Once on location, Sharp and her team usually get a tour or walk-through with the location contact or homeowner.
Using an Electromagnetic Field Detector, the team checks the baseline levels of the location to determine if electronics, wiring or other natural explanations could be the cause of the potential paranormal activity.
According to Sharp, it is part of the scientific process of paranormal investigating to determine any natural causes of activity, rather than immediately coming to the conclusion that the activity is paranormal.
“Sometimes there are interesting responses on our recording equipment when we do evidence review that we didn’t hear with our ears at the time of the investigation,” said Sharp.
Mysterious sounds are not the only thing that Sharp and her team have encountered on their paranormal adventures.
“My most interesting experience was seeing a tall, dark figure that blocked out the light coming in from a street light outside the secluded building we were investigating,” said Sharp. “We were able to rule out several [possibilities], and still don’t have an explanation.”
A Civil War-era historic home, an abandoned hospital, a former tuberculosis hospital and some private residences are some of the locations where Sharp and her team have completed full investigations.
“My favorite investigation location, so far, is probably the tuberculosis hospital,” said Sharp. “We were able to get some audio and video evidence that was interesting to share with the location owners.”
According to Sharp, her and her team usually complete one full-night investigation per month, although certain times of the year prove to be busier than others.
“Paranormal investigation is definitely my passion,” said Sharp. “My biggest hope is that my work will in some way help expand our collective knowledge of the paranormal.”
Story by Sheila Haskins, a senior advertising and public relations major at Drury.