Adam Nori of the Minnesota Paranormal Study Group

Adam Nori is the team director for the Minnesota Paranormal Study Group which is based in Hibbing, Minnesota. The team researches and investigates haunts throughout the state of Minnesota and showcases their findings on their website, http://www.MinnesotaGhosts.com

Adam has been involved in the paranormal for eleven years now and has taught courses on the paranormal at various Minnesota high schools and at Minnesota State Mankato. He also serves as a staff member within the TAPS Family, an organization of dedicated research groups throughout the world who assist The Atlantic Paranormal Society.

1. How did you become interested in the supernatural?

It became an interest of mine during high school. I had lost an uncle who was close to me and later had heard unbelievable stories of goodbyes from the grave and wondered what if?

2. What's the strangest or most interesting paranormal experience you've had?

On the paranormal side, the most interesting experience that I've had is seeing a ghost child ask me if we could help him while investigating a museum in Southern Minnesota. On the personal side, I think having complete strangers be willing to confide in you for hours on the phone about their own experiences has been an interesting phenomena in itself.

3. Where/how does science fit into ghost hunting and the supernatural?

I really like the way that theoretical physics ties into the paranormal in the terms of frequencies and possible parallel dimensions. The whole study of these things having a mass to them is exciting and shows that what we deal with at actual haunts is more than just active imaginations; they have been known to trip motion detectors, appear on infrared cameras, and move throw laser grids with breaking the beams.

I think that most serious researchers in the field, the ones that provide condition data that can be repeated, are on the fringe of what it must have been like to be Galileo. We are looking out into the unknown and wondering "what if?" Science is about trying to explore and understand the world and events around us, not what has already been discovered.

4. Do you have any moral/ethical obligations in ghost hunting or communicating with the dead?

I strongly believe that with the right to talk to the dead comes the responsibility to listen. There has become a growing trend in the field where it is more of a "exciting hobby" than a serious study of what happens when we die. I tend to believe that if we get an answer or communication from the dead to our investigation that it is our duty to note it and make that communication be heard.

As an investigator, my duty is not solely to the deceased but also to the living as well. We are called in to help a family on many occasions and my job is to provide an answer to their experiences whether that be paranormal or not. The whole goal of my team when we go into a client case is to document their experiences to say that the clients are not crazy or seeing
things. If we can't document the claims, we try to figure out if the event is repeatable by natural means. If we are still left scratching our heads, we repeat the process on a different day until we can either document or explain the experience.

5. If it were possible to contact or bring back someone from the dead, who would you bring back and why? Try to think of someone who is not famous.

Well most would naturally explain for me to say my uncle as he is the reason why I am doing this. However, I realize that without his passing in my life, I wouldn't be on the path that I am on today and many families would live in terror of their own homes. I have made peace with that situation in my life and it is what it is.

I am not sure if I would bring anyone back from the dead because that is a necessary part of life.

6. Do you have any other thoughts or interesting theories you'd like to share?

There are many interesting things that could be said about the paranormal in terms of theories and tales but if I could have one thing forever etched upon my own life that I would want the rest of the world to know, it would be "to always be skeptical." There is such a shift in the public's view of ghost hunting from television that has been both good and bad for teams like
mine. It has been good since our work gets more interest and we are allowed in places a lot easier but on the flip side, a lot more people are easy to jump the gun that they have a ghost. Some people even lie to us about their case so that they can see what an actual investigation is like. Then there are groups out there that see this public interest as a way to cash in on
people's gullibility as they sell t-shirts, autographs, and events.

I recommend that everyone question the world around them and the people within that world. After all, that is the fundamental element of science.