The first obstacle that has to be overcome when you get the equipment in your hands is, "What do I ask?" And we have found this to be the hardest part of any investigation to get over, the first few minutes of silence from the group before they get comfortable enough to ask questions.
So, to save you from having to listen to my nasal-y, Northern accent all night, here's a list of some general questions to start off your investigation:
- What's your name?
- How many are in here?
- Are there any women here?
- How did you die?
- How old are you?
- Why are you still here?
When you start getting answers, try these:
- Were you married?
- Did you have any kids?
- What did you do for a living?
- Where are you from?
- Why do you stay here?
- How old were you when you died?
If you're brave, start asking them to play with the equipment:
- Can I take a picture of you?
- Can you come towards the green light and make it blink (the EMF detector)?
- Can you make the red light blink (the REM pod)?
- Can you touch the doll?
- Can you touch me?
- Can you make a noise?
If you're not getting anything, try talking amongst yourselves, and they'll generally respond to you or ask them about food (seriously):
- Do you like pie/cake?
- Do you like beer/wine?
- What's your favorite food?
- Do you miss food?
The most important thing to remember is -- ask whatever you want! It's your investigation, make the most of it! Don't think you're going to ask something stupid, you won't! Participate and see what you get.
Trust me, I listen to all the recorders weekly, and I've heard it all. You'll entertain me if you ask something off-the-wall.