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Meet Michele Hale, co-founder of CAPER (Cincinnati Area Paranormal Existence Research)

Posted at 4:28 PM, Oct 23, 2014
and last updated 2016-10-19 07:50:51-04

The following Q&A is part of our "Faces of the Paranormal" series, profiling local paranormal investigators and ghost hunters. For more Haunted Tri-State coverage, click here.

Tell me about the origin of CAPER and how many cases your team has done.

I founded CAPER (Cincinnati Area Paranormal Existence Research) in 2004 with Joy Naylor. We average about 12 cases a year.

How many times do you believe you experienced something truly paranormal?

Over the past 22 years, we have only ran into about 5 percent being truly haunted.

How often are you called to investigate a home or business?

Every few days we have callers that want us to come and investigate. First, we gather information from the caller and then we'll set up a meeting to "consult" first. Within that first meeting, many times we can give them advice or find a natural cause to their situation.

What made you want to do this?

I have had paranormal experiences my whole life, and my mom and dad would tell me about experiences that they had growing up. I wanted to be around people who had also had experiences and to learn more about the paranormal.

Is this a side-gig for all of you?

I don't know if I would call it a side-gig but I do have to have a day job. Unless you are lucky enough to get a popular TV, show you have to work.

Do people ever mock you for doing this?

I do get the occasional "stink-eye," but no one has ever mocked me. I always explain that I am looking for answers.

Have you ever dealt with a "non-believer" and changed their mind?

I do not believe that you can change a "non-believer's" mind.

What was your scariest experience working as an investigator? 

I can honestly say that I have not had a "scariest experience." I have had a "WTF" moment after the fact when hearing an EVP (electronic voice phenomenon) we captured.

Have you ever needed to use a demonologist or an exorcist?

No, I have never run into anything that I would consider a demon.

In your opinion, what's the single most haunted place in the Tri-State region?

Music Hall.