~ Who we are and what we do ~
Steel Town Paranormal was founded in February 2009 by Melanie and Christopher Durish and is located in southwestern Pennsylvania, near Pittsburgh. STP is a group of individuals from different social and religious backgrounds dedicated to the capture, documentation, and research of potential evidence of the paranormal.
STP attempts, through our investigative efforts, to shed light on questions that we have all pondered at one time or another. Questions about what happens to us when we pass from our earthly existence. Questions that may creep into our heads after watching a scary movie or hearing a strange sound while lying in bed. What happens when we die? What are ghosts and do they really exist? Should I be frightened of those things that go "bump" in the night? Answering these questions completely, at least in this lifetime, is likely an impossible task. Only one thing is certain about the next realm...nothing is certain. We here at STP know we will never find "the answer". What we do hope to gain, however, is a better understanding of what ghosts and spirits are and what relationship they have to our lives as human beings. We also want to assist others in understanding and coping with personal experiences that they may be having in their home or place of business by offering our investigation services free of charge.
STP attacks the questions above using an approach that combines the scientific and the metaphysical in a way that we feel establishes both credibility and balance. We utilize the senses, and common sense, to help guide our efforts while attempting to capture tangible answers through the use of some of the most sophisticated equipment available including: digital cameras, digital voice recorders, EMF/K2 meters, video cameras, thermal imaging cameras, etc. We never present what we sense or experience as evidence, although it can help to support that which we feel merits possible consideration as such. We post those experiences only to give a more complete account of each investigation as a whole.
We are also extremely hesitant to label anything as definitive proof of the paranormal, no matter how compelling, as we operate under the principal that true evidence of the paranormal is extremely rare and that, even after thorough examination, there may be alternative explanations that we simply aren't able to reach. Because of this philosophy, we typically present data, not as evidence but rather, as potential evidence, and only after we have attempted to establish its credibility by both controlling the conditions under which it was collected and utilizing a thorough process of analysis and elimination.
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