Saleen Graham is a founding member of Ghostly Activities. She is also the parapsychology expert on the team. Let’s get to know her better.
What’s your hometown?
How long have you been interested in the paranormal?
As long as I can remember. It started with a ghostly experience I had as a little girl. It made me want to know what visited me and why it did. I still have the drive to understand the ‘other world’ ghosts live in.
What is the one ghost hunt you liked the best?
Just one?! I don’t know if I can pick one. I’ll give you two. I really enjoyed the Congress Hotel investigation because I connected with a little boy spirit. He didn’t realize he died. The connection really affected me because I’m a mother. Losing a child has to be one of the hardest things you can go through. I’m thankful my boys are healthy and happy, well, as happy as teenagers can be. Ha!
The second hunt has to be the Lanzarote Ghost Ship. I went to Jake’s wedding in the Canary Islands and what do you know: Two ghost hunters found a haunt to check out! I would say the location and uniqueness of a ghost ship makes it stand out. We didn’t get any evidence, but it was a lot of fun.
Do you think there’s a prejudice against psychics on ghost hunting teams?
Tough question. I think there is some prejudice against using a psychic and I understand why that is. If you run a scientific team, you need empirical evidence to prove a spirit is present. Psychic information is subjective, so it won’t stand up to scientific analysis. I get it. I think you can use the two (psychic and scientific approaches) together to get results. I may feel something or receive a clairaudient message, and Jake is always there with the equipment to capture the evidence. A hybrid approach works very well for us.
Do you have any advice for new ghost hunters?
You need to stick with it. A lot of teams fall apart after a year. If you’re dedicated to paranormal investigation, it’s okay to be a solo investigator. As a single person, you have to be more careful because you don’t have a backup. You can investigate during the day when it’s safer. The ghosts don’t mind: They’re still there!
I also recommend reading a lot of paranormal investigation books, joining forums and being active in the community. It will help you learn and master the craft. I’ve been ghost hunting (officially) since 2010, and I learn something every time we go on an investigation.