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Investigating the Paranormal: A Brief overview of the SCSI.

Hi, Max here. I have been asked in the past why I formed the South Carolina Supernatural Investigations; what were my motivations and why I eventually decided to found a paranormal investigations group? I have always been a skeptic when it comes to anything dealing with the realm of the supernatural. I like to use hard evidence to prove paranormal occurrences rather than senses or feelings. I have never been what some might call a medium, or a sensitive. However, I have always had a knack for analytics and critical thinking. It is by using those skills that I approach all analysis of findings and evidence throughout an investigation.

The first time I encountered anything paranormal was when I was 7 years old. My family had given me a Polaroid camera that I absolutely loved taking pictures with. I had been spending some time at a childhood friend’s house one day when I snapped a picture of the garage in his backyard. Now, this was a large garage; big enough to hold a boat and a couple of cars. On the side of the garage was an awning held up by some support pillars. When the picture I had taken finished developing I saw an image that has stuck with me my entire life. From behind one of the pillars was a completely dark figure leaning out waving at my friend and me. This was long before the idea of shadow people had become prevalent in pop culture. My 7-year-old self didn’t think much of it at the time. I sit here almost two decades later searching for evidence as clear as what I caught on that day with that little camera of mine that has long since been lost to the depths of time.

It wasn’t till 2004 when the show Ghost Hunters first aired on the Syfy channel that I realized what I had found in that picture taken 7 years prior. I started watching that show every week as it aired and always thought to myself, “this is what I want to do.” So I set out to learn as much as I could about the supernatural realms. Reading and researching everything from Bigfoot to the Bermuda Triangle; with every question answered only leading to more questions. Later in 2008, I watched the show Ghost Adventures for the first time and still felt the same drive towards paranormal investigating that I had felt 4 years earlier. I felt what some would describe as a calling. I would think to myself that this in not only what I want to do, but, what I need to do.

Let’s jump to the year 2014, I was working for a company who has long since gone out of business. But, it was here at this place I met my partner and good friend, Aaron Sprouse. Aaron and I both had an curiosity in the supernatural realms. It was at this point in time that Aaron and I decided to found the SCSI and pursue the paranormal ourselves. We started investigating places all across the Upstate of South Carolina as well parts of Georgia and lower North Carolina. Our investigating persisted for nearly a year. But, in mid 2015, personal responsibilities got in the way of us being able to dedicate time to  the SCSI. Aaron has since gotten married and had a beautiful baby boy. He is currently the Chairman of The Cherokee County Libertarian Party as well as working full-time job. While, Aaron does not have the time to pursue the paranormal unknown anymore, he still shares our passion and is always supportive of any endeavors the SCSI may take part in.

For a long time it looked like the SCSI would be lost to infinite depths of the internet, given up on and abandoned. But, in August, 2016 I was contacted by Craig Whyde. Craig and his partner Mike Feria were looking to perform investigations under the organizations umbrella. I welcomed Craig and Mike into the SCSI shortly after being contacted and have been completely impressed by their professionalism and dedication. Thanks to Craig and Mike the SCSI is now back in full swing and will be performing investigations of paranormal claims on a regular basis. Now that Aaron lacks the time to investigate for the SCSI, the core members of the SCSI are Craig, Mike, and I.

If you are reading this and feel any sort of interest in joining feel free to contact me. Also, if you feel like the things that go bump can be attributed to paranormal causes we are always available to investigate to try and bring you piece of mind. I look forward to a bright future with the SCSI and will strive to find answers to life’s most unexplained questions. Until the next time,

Maxwell Alexander    Founder/SCSI

 

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What are Ghosts?

ghostly_path_premade_1_by_i_am_jenius-d4ddh0pWhat are ghosts? No other question in the paranormal field has sparked as much speculation and controversy as the question, what are ghosts. You could ask 10 different people that question and get just as many different answers. In this article we’ll discuss, ponder, and speculate the age old question; what are ghosts?

Many believe that ghosts are the lost souls of those who have come before us. They believe that when a person dies their consciousness is left to wander the world til the end of time. While I try to keep an open mind in all things, the point that bothers me the most about this line of thinking is the fact that their have been billions of people who have lived and died in this world. If the human spirit carries on and wanders the earth after death then why do we not see more evidence of the paranormal in our everyday lives all around us. By using this line of thought, ghosts would seem to be involved in an overly crowded afterlife with much more evidence to their existence then we have at this current juncture in time.

Others would speculate that ghosts, are in effect, inter-dimensional beings who have harnessed the ability to travel across and within the very planes of reality. While, I myself tend to lean toward this belief system more so then the aforementioned ideology. I still hold my own doubts with this line of thinking. If the idea that ghosts really do stem from the actions of inter-dimensional beings is right then why have they not tried to make contact with us. Do they lack the ability? Surely not. Have they already interacted with us and continue to do so in a subtle manner? No one that I know of can really answer that in an educated manner backed up by solid evidence. So, while an interesting and completely plausible theory, there is no evidence at this moment to support this ideology.

Some believe that spiritual activity is nothing more than environmentally harnessed energy playing itself out on repeat til the source of that energy runs out. A common term associated with this ideology is the term, residual haunting; where the same paranormal activity is experienced over and over; usually occurring at the same time of day or year. The problem with this idea is that it does not account for the intelligence we often experience when dealing with the paranormal. Too often to discredit, investigators will ask a question and get an intelligent response. How could that be evidence of a residual type haunting? Could it be a coincidence? Possibly, but, I personally believe it happens far too often to be completely attributed to sheer happenstance. So while this may exist and account for some claims of paranormal activity, I find it hard to believe that this is the only cause for the paranormal things that go bump in the night.

While there are many other schools of thought when regarding the idea of ghosts, I am currently running out of time and will touch on more ideologies at a later time. I, as always, approach the paranormal field with the mind of a skeptic. I look for solid evidence, and do not believe feelings or sensations to be valid proof of the unknown. If you have any thoughts or ideas on the afterlife or the paranormal I am always open to new discussions and ideas. Until the next time,

– Maxwell Alexander    (Founder/SCSI)

 

 

The Time Has Come

Hi, Maxwell Alexander here. I want to start by saying sorry to any of the people who have been visiting the site and following our group. We have been busy with our day to day lives and have not had much free time to delve into the realm of the paranormal unknown. That being said, I have big plans for our groups future. I will be updating our blog with new content regularly now. We have a plethora of data and stories that we have yet to share, and I will try my hardest to bring all of that to you.
We are also in the middle of reforming and are looking for like minded individuals to join the group and contribute to the hunt for knowledge and answers to the unknown. If the thought of finding answers to the questions of existentialism and life after death interest you then feel free to contact us. If you ever sit there and wonder what comes next or what the underlying meaning to life itself is then our group may be just what your looking for.
If you are experiencing anything that you believe to be derived from paranormal causes and would like an investigation that could lead to some answers you may contact us at anytime. If we are unable to perform an investigation due to travel concerns or scheduling issues then we will gladly redirect you to a caring and professional team that will meet your needs. We conduct all of our investigations using the scientific method; we work in a concise and professional manner and will not ask for any monetary compensation…although donations are accepted to help with travel costs.
I hope to hear from all of you soon, and look forward to a bright future for the S.C.S.I. You can find all of our contact info on our contacts page or you can directly email me at Maxwell29340@yahoo.com. We are here for all of your needs when it comes to haunted places in South Carolina and I look forward to getting this show back on the road.

-Maxwell Alexander- Founder/Lead Investigator

Do ghost exist?

People are good, and evil simply doesn’t exist. Humans are truly good at heart and the only thing outside of our physical understanding is the endless skies and mysteries thereof. There is no such thing as ghost.
Or is there?

Everything is black and white, and there is no grey area. There is no good, other than good intentions. There is no evil, other than bad decisions. There is no god and there is no devil, no heaven and no hell. There are no angels and demons or ghosts and goblins. None of it exists outside of our own perception. There are no monsters other than the monsters we create inside of our minds. There is no hell other than the one we build around ourselves. There is nothing to be learned except invaluable lessons where the subjects are destined to repeat the same mistakes time and time again. No truths, only subtle undertones. No openness, only emotional masquerades where one hides what is really felt. There are no true heroes, only those who dream of courageous acts and those who have no choice but to act. Both of which are characters in this hopeless tragedy, drowning in a pool of romanticized emptiness.

We spend life thinking how they tell us to, writing our stories according to their standards and believing what they say we must believe in order to obtain salvation. Are they the monsters? Are the ghosts we see anything more than our bottled thoughts and lost desires? Simply misplaced energies searching for an outlet? Searching for a way to be seen, to be heard or to correct those wrong decisions? Are they the demons and the things that goes bump in the night are nothing more than ones broken mind and soul? Have they been misleading us our entire lives, or have we been lying to ourselves? Are we the monsters?

Humanity as a species will take an innocent mans life. We take what isn‘t ours, we rape and we brutalize those weaker than we are then we lie to cover it up. We cross our families for money, we break the hearts of those who love us the most and none of it is justified. We often feel no remorse nor regret for our actions and too many times fail to notice the pain we cause other people. So much pain inflicted upon other souls… That when you truly think about the feelings and energies emitted from such pain you begin to question everything including your very own existence. Upon examination you see that we leave a trail of emptiness, hopelessness and desperation without even batting an eye. You begin to see the sheer destruction caused by the lusts of man, leaving little room for hope inside your heart. We are indeed monsters.

I can attest with the utmost honesty to having seen and heard things which can not be explained. I, Aaron Corey Sprouse bear witness to things unseen and things unknown. I have stood in the scariest places in the southeast and challenged any entity that could respond. I have stood in homes where the most outlandish things were reported to have taken place and I never ran. I spent my time and money on researching these events. Every lead leads to another question and every question leads to another lead. Was I ever doing anything more than challenging myself? When examining the fallacy of man, these are the kinds of questions we musk ask ourselves. No matter what your opinion on the subject is, the same questions beg to be answered. I urge you to share with me your ghost story. Whether it be a thrilling tale of a dark entity that plagues the halls of your home or shattered hopes forever trapped somewhere due to the anguish you felt or caused.

Are ghosts real? Are they anything more than myth or is there any substance at all to the claims? I want to know what you think. Have you seen a ghost? Have you encountered unexplainable phenomena or have you created ghosts? Were you left nothing more than a ghost, a shell of your former self, by someone’s selfishness? Ask yourself was it worth it, the decisions you made? Was the hurt you inflicted upon someone else’s soul worth whatever momentary pleasure you received? Think these things through very carefully and please share with me your ghost story.

All the love in the world,
Aaron Corey Sprouse

HARD TIMES WILL ALWAYS MEASURE GREATNESS (South Carolina Supernatural Investigations)

“HARD TIMES WILL ALWAYS MEASURE GREATNESS”


    In many ways we feel like we let you guys down, we just vanished and did not post any new stories for months. We have a responsibility to you all in the paranormal world and nothing will stop us from consistently delivering our fans the top notch investigatory work that they are used to.

     The SCSI as a group has faced many recent hardships. I quit my job, thinking i would find another one fast; I was wrong. I suddenly found myself overwhelmed with payments that i couldn’t manage. I took a job with Mayflower, a relocation company, (which meant i was going to be gone 90% of the time). I spent most of the time in Richmond, Virginia. I enjoyed it, but i missed home. I missed the SCSI. When I was able to come Home, it was for maybe one to two days, every 2-3 weeks. It just wasn’t enough time. In my stead, Maxwell Alexander continued to showcase spectacular skill, instinct and know-how. Though we are a team; at this point in time we were technically solo. During that time period, Maxwell Alexander was arguably the best solo paranormal investigator in South Carolina.

I investigated everything I could. If I thought that it may be paranormal, i was at  least gonna try and record some audio. Even things I would never guess were haunted, got investigated. I wanted to stay sharp, extremely sharp, so I did. I continued to perfect my craft, always aiming to push this field to the next level. I do not approach paranormal investigation that way because i want us to be better than the next guys. I am serious about what I do, because I love this field. l love this science. This Job gives you an amazing connection with what’s in nature, the physical and the Spiritual world. The every day energies that are around you, it is an incredible feeling. Being the driven person that i am, I kept testing myself (hard) throughout the duration of my absence.  I tested myself everyday. I re-analyzed every aspect of investigation. I would constantly train myself. I studied material that i know, SO I COULD CONTINUE TO PUSH THIS FIELD. I taught myself all over again how to operate equipment, and how to manipulate entities. I studied different types of spirits and why they are here. I studied theological significances. Demonology (my first love), multicultural mythologies; and countless provocation techniques. Expulsion, invocation, and other group’s techniques. I even went over everything that I have learned over the years by observation, knowing that some day I would be right back in the battle!

  What obstacle could possibly stop Maxwell Alexander and Aaron Sprouse? At our ages, we are highly regarded as the most thorough, realistic; and most practical paranormal investigators in the state of South Carolina. Though i was out of town, I knew Maxwell would continue to progress. I knew he would continue to collect mind boggling data. He would continue to teach rookie investigators how to properly engage an entity. I knew he would also hold steadfast in **SEEKING THE TRUTH** Max would find answers, not make ghostly assumptions. I knew Maxwell Alexander would use science. Knowledge and logic will always prevail when Maxwell is on an investigation.

So without me, the others continued to conduct investigations here in South Carolina on the home-front. I wasn’t worried, they were all capable. Like usual though; problems soon arose. Former case manager and field Investigator “Sarah Freyta” Had to take time off, for maternity leave. People wouldn’t answer phone calls or put any effort into case planning, preparation, execution or analysis. Several members were not taking their duties seriously. They treated the SCSI as if it were a joke. We were getting used, friendships were being ruined and there was nothing I could do about it in Virginia.

Prior to me leaving for Richmond, Maxwell underwent several setbacks as well. His then roommate(s) failed to pay their portion of the rent. Max had left his second shift job at a warehouse before  to primarily focus on investigation.Things were still going great for him but he had to move due to another lessee not paying his due portions. Maxwell simply did not have the extra funds to cover it.

     Hard times seemed hit max and I at the same time. I was living on the road. Sleeping many nights in a tractor trailer, just barely getting by, While Max was forced to move out of his home (our headquarters). Max landed a third shift job, in order to survive. The money is good, and Max really loves his job. His personal life is flowing much smoother and his investigatory skills have increased dramatically. In my opinion; Maxwell Alexander, is one of the best paranormal Investigators in the southeastern united states. We refuse to give up and i think that is something that makes our group special. When facing situations that would make several other investigation societies crumble, we came out stronger.  We came out of this better. I moved home to South Carolina and decided it was time for serious changes within the group. If we wanted the SCSI to function and operate at an extremely high level, we had to let people go.


We started seriously enforcing the book of investigatory protocol.https://scsupernatural.wordpress.com/2014/11/16/what-sets-the-scsi-apart-our-investigatory-protocol-professional-tips/


and have since found several new prospects that are willing to take the job serious and give their all to this field. We have never asked anyone to perform a task that we would not perform. We never lied to, cheated, manipulated or took advantage of anyone on the team. We are no longer being taken advantage of, and are essentially carrying the entire load ourselves. We pretty much always have. Maxwell may not be able to investigate a haunting every night anymore, but his guidance and expertise is always there. His words resonate with the younger guys, and they know that what they learn from max and I, it will be Grade “A” paranormal knowledge, UN-matched, unequaled and unrivaled. We are back, and Better than ever.

Be safe. Always take precaution when presumably dealing with a spirit. -Aaron Sprouse   (aaronscsi@gmail.com)

Edited by: Maxwell Alexander