Editor’s Note: This is part four in a series about former Sacramento disco king, Paul Dale Roberts.
Paranormal investigator Paul Dale Roberts utilizes a pair of dowsing rods during the recent investigation in south Sacramento. Photo by Lance Armstrong
For this final article of this series about the adventures of former Pocket resident Paul Dale Roberts, he explained more about his work as a Fortean investigator and had the author of this story join him as a guest at one of his paranormal investigations.
As noted in the previous article of this series, Paul Dale Roberts is recognized as one the nation’s leading paranormal investigators.
Additionally, Roberts is a writer for Phenomena magazine in England and The Costa Rican Times, he has written four HPI Chronicles series books related to the paranormal and he has appeared on eight documentaries regarding the same topic.
Roberts, whose writings are included in 11 paranormal-themed books, said that he was reading Brad Steiger paranormal books at the age of 12, and that he now has articles published in several of Steiger’s books.
Roberts has met paranormal icons, Bill Murphy, lead scientist on the SyFy television channel’s investigation series, “Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files,” and Paul Bradford of the SyFy series, “Ghosthunters International.”
Stanton Friedman, the star of Discovery Channel’s “UFO Hunter,” and Brad Klinge of the paranormal television series, “Ghost Lab,” have contributed to Roberts’ paranormal articles.
Additionally, Nick Pope, a former British minister of defense and a well-known journalist, endorsed one of Roberts’ books.
Roberts is considered the “go-to guy” in Hollywood for Northern California investigations, and he was contacted by the producers of the paranormal television series, “A Haunting,” “Psychic Kids: Children of the Paranormal” (in which he was considered for a technical consultant position), “Ghost Adventures,” “Paranormal Witness,” “The Haunted” (on the Animal Planet channel), “The Othersiders” (on the Cartoon Network), “Haunted Collector,” “Ghostly Encounters” (on the Biography Channel), “Haunted Highway” and “When Ghosts Attack” (on the Destination America channel).
For the “Othersiders” series, Roberts was used as a finder-locator for paranormal hot spots in Northern California.
“When Ghosts Attack” recently showed an episode based on an article that Roberts had written about HPI’s Keith Dovichi’s demon case in Pioneer, Calif.
Additionally, Roberts was supposed to be included in an episode of the Travel Channel’s “Ghost Adventures” in regard to his investigation at the National Hotel in Jackson.
However, when Roberts and his team arrived at the National Hotel, the “Ghost Adventurers” crew was at a different National Hotel about two hours away.
Roberts laughed and while pretending to be engaged in a conversation on his cell phone, he said, “Hello, I’m in the lobby. I don’t see a camera crew.”
In speaking about his business, Roberts explained that HPI originally stood for Haunted and Paranormal Investigations. But after Roberts became HPI’s owner, it became known as Hegelianism Paranormal Intelligence (International).
The organization was named after the German philosopher Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel. Hegel’s idealism and philosophy utilizes the pros and cons of any given situation. Roberts uses the pros and cons of every investigation to determine the conclusion of whether the place of investigation is haunted.
Roberts’ investigators are actually known as “paranormal intelligence operatives,” and HPI is considered international, since Roberts has traveled to 55 countries and territories to conduct investigations.
Among the places where Roberts has investigated are Area 51, Skinwalker Ranch in Utah, Honduras, Belize, El Salvador, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Venezuela, Panama, Guatemala, Stonehenge and the Tower of London in England, Dublin Castle in Ireland, the bridge over the River Kwai in Thailand, San Miguel Island in search of the legendary cryptid, Chupacabra, Mount Shasta for Bigfoot and UFO hunting, and the Auburn and Colfax area’s Green Valley Vortex. The latter place has been rumored to have had UFO sightings, a crop circle and ghostly activities.
In discussing the topic of paranormal activities in the Pocket area, Roberts said, “On one investigation in the Pocket area, the occupants were complaining that ceramic cups flew off the kitchen shelves and came crashing onto the kitchen floor. This was too much for the occupants to handle.”
Jeri Smith’s 11-year-old daughter, Macie Whitten, studies nonhuman-like handprints on a mirror in her home’s living room. Jeri Smith is shown in the background. Photo by Lance Armstrong
Roberts said that he conducted an investigation at that house and captured many electronic voice phenomena or “EVPs,” and that some disembodied voices spoke in a foreign language.
He added that when he conducted a Catholic house blessing to cleanse the home of the entities, a resident of the home looked at him with surprise and claimed that an orb flew between them and “shot up into the night sky,” and that the house has been “peaceful ever since.”
Orbs, Roberts explained, can be anything from dust, skin flakes and light refractions to dew, lint and bugs. But he added that if an orb presents an “intelligent movement,” then it can be deemed as paranormal.
Since Roberts conducts Catholic house blessings for the purpose of ridding homes of malicious entities and malevolent, dark forces, he is known by the nickname of the “Demon Warrior” in the paranormal community.
Roberts said that his success rate in “cleansing” homes is at “an all-time high.” And he added that there are many ghost hunting groups that have equipment to conduct investigations, but “have no methods of cleansing a home.”
Roberts’ arsenal of cleansers consists of Christian, Buddhist, Wiccan, Apache, Choctaw, Greek Orthodox, metaphysical, and even Voodoo.
Roberts explained that there are many haunted locations throughout the world, and that he receives a lot of calls from residents in the Land Park area, because so many homes are “old and have a history.”
Roberts said that HPI has 43 investigators, 12 of whom are noted to have psychic abilities.
And he added that the organization has a “stockpile of equipment,” including infrared cameras, digital recorders for EVPs, night vision goggles, digital cameras, camcorders, temperature gauges, K-II meters and EMF (electromagnetic field) readers. K-II meters and EMF readers determine if there is a fluctuation in the electromagnetic spectrum. Such detection, Roberts said, may indicate that there is “an entity present.”
In continuing, he said, “Temperature gauges measure drops in temperatures. This may indicate that an entity is feeding off the energy of a particular area, causing a vacuum in that immediate area, which will cause a cold temperature drop.”
Roberts added that at times his team even uses dogs in their investigations.
“Dogs have a natural sixth sense and can pick up on ghosts,” he said. “(Roberts’ dogs), HPI (pronounced hi-pee) and Princess Hannah, will sometimes sense a presence.”
Roberts noted that he uses his dogs and his psychics as tools to locate hot spots and it is up to the investigators to prove that something paranormal is actually occurring in those hot spots.
“I will not just take the word of a psychic without positive proof,” Roberts said.
Roberts also spoke about the use of what he referred to as a “spirit box.” The instrument utilizes radio frequencies to attempt to communicate with spirits.
But he noted that “spirit boxes” and dowsing rods – another tool used in attempts to communicate with spirits – are only tools of the trade and are not used to substantiate the existence of an entity. Instead, EVPs are more valuable instruments for paranormal investigators.
On the eve prior to Thanksgiving Day, the author of this article joined Roberts for an investigation of an alleged haunted house in south Sacramento.
Jeri Smith, one of the house’s residents, claimed that she had experienced paranormal activities in her home.
“The first incident was like a year ago,” Smith said. “I had seen a really black, distinguished figure on my ceiling in my room, and there were no shadows in the room or anything. It was a perfect black figure of a man with a hood.”
Smith also shared details about several other incidents that she explained as being possibly paranormal in nature. These alleged experiences included the sound of mysterious voices and footsteps in the house and nonhuman-like handprints on mirrors.
“Beyond the Norm” is the third volume in Paul Dale Roberts’ HPI Chronicles book series. Photo by Lance Armstrong
Smith’s friend, Lesa Willis, added that on an occasion when she spent a night at Smith’s home, she also heard mysterious footsteps in the house.
As Roberts investigated this home, he did capture a few anomalies through digital photography. But Roberts was not able to deem any of those photographs as evidence of paranormal activity.
Roberts also performed what he called a “quick and dirty EVP session.”
During that time, he spoke simple phrases into a recorder such as “Is there anyone here?”
Roberts paused each time to allow a possible entity to respond.
These tests did not capture any “disembodied voices,” as he called them.
While Roberts was using a pair of dowsing rods at the home, the rods underwent very limited activity.
Following the investigation, Roberts conducted a Catholic blessing at the home.
Roberts noted that although the pre-Thanksgiving investigation did not result in the detection of any paranormal activity at the home, he said that two days later his team traveled to Tracy and conducted another investigation.
During the latter investigation, a woman, who was a guest at the home, said that she had become possessed and acted as if she was possessed.
Roberts commented, “If she wasn’t possessed, she was a damn good actress.”
Toward the end of his last interview for this series, Roberts expressed appreciation for his opportunity to share his life adventures with Valley Community Newspapers.
And he added, “If you see a Kia Forte – aka the Rusty Anomaly – with ghost hunting car magnets on the car doors in your neighborhood, don’t be alarmed it’s only the ‘Demon Warrior’ making sure that your neighborhood is safe from any paranormal activity.”
Roberts’ paranormal stories can be read at www.jazmaonline.com
and he can be contacted through the paranormal hotline: (916) 203-7503.