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A Day in the Life: Finding P.R.O.O.F. in the Afterlife

Joseph Gallant has been researching paranormal activity for the last nine years.

Seeing a ghost may not be a common occurrence for some, but Joseph Gallant, the founder of the Paranormal Researchers of Odd Findings (P.R.O.O.F.) is connecting with ghosts or spirits nearly every day.

Gallant, a Tolland resident, visits cemeteries in the area several times a week. He said he uses an interpersonal approach of discussing his feelings and daily life to reach out to the spirits, a technique that has brought him lots of success.

At the Grant Hill Road cemetery in Tolland, Gallant said he regularly connects with an entity named "Elizabeth," who appears in either photos or speaks through the recordings that he makes.

"They're waiting for us to initiate contact," Gallant said. 

While he has had numerous brushes with the supernatural since creating P.R.O.O.F. nine years ago, Gallant said he grew up with a skeptical view of the afterlife.

"I used to believe once, 'when you're dead, you're dead,'" Gallant said. But his beliefs were transformed after his grandmother's death.

Mourning her passing, Gallant went to his grandmother's house with a camera and tape recorder, desperate to make contact again.

At the end of at least an hour of footage, Gallant said aloud, "I love you. I can't move on."

And when he listened back to that tape, a life-changing moment. Gallant heard his grandmother say, "I love you, too. Move forward."

Ever since, Gallant has never stopped his paranormal research.

Ghost Hunting Tips

Gallant stepped in to dispel some ghost hunting myths. In his experience, daytime is the best time for paranormal investigations, despite the night-time searches popular on TV.

And while he has several pieces of more advanced research equipment, he said that anyone can start their own research using a digital camera and recorder. In fact, Gallant also caught an image of his grandmother's apparition in the photos he took outside her home after her death with an ordinary camera.

However, he also stresses that new ghost hunters remember to only enter graveyards at permitted hours and to always respect the stones and grounds of the memorials.

The Business Side of the Paranormal

While P.R.O.O.F. is a non-profit organization and never charges for any of its services, it seems that the research group isn't running out of strange things to investigate.

Gallant said that he and his fellow paranormal researchers are frequently called into investigations on local haunted hot spots. Gallant said he has seen activity in the Norwich State Hospital, the Seaside Sanitarium in Waterford, the Nathan Hale Homestead in Coventry and was even attacked at the Mansfield Mansion.

Gallant's demonic experience at the Mansfield, CT home, which he will discuss in a TV special, left him with 48 stitches on his back. You can read his account of it on the P.R.O.O.F. website.

But it's not all ghost hunting for Gallant and the other P.R.O.O.F. members. The organization also lectures at schools about the paranormal and will give demonstrations to various groups, even hiring buses to take the participants to hotspots for some practical ghost hunting tips. He has also assisted families with cold cases that have been unsolved for up to 15 or 20 years.

If a family reaches out to him, Gallant said he will provide paranomal, forensic and legal help to the family members of a homicide victim. 

Gallant said that P.R.O.O.F. never charges for those services. He explained that if a venue for the event chooses to charge, he asks the business to donate half of the proceeds to a charity of his choice.

So how does all this ghost hunting get accomplished? Gallant said that fundraisers are key to keeping the operation running. P.R.O.O.F. has also donated $75,000 to charity in the last two years alone, according to Gallant.

Passing on a Spooky Passion

At the end of the day, P.R.O.O.F. won't make Gallant any money, but he said it gives him great satisfaction.

"I'm helping people that, without P.R.O.O.F., I wouldn't be able to help," he said. "I feel like I'm giving something back in return."

For more information on P.R.O.O.F., paranormal experiences and how to train as an investigator, visit the organization's website and its Facebook page.

Click through the gallery above for some evidence from P.R.O.O.F. investigations!

barbra October 31, 2012 at 11:27 PM
I love these people. My family and I go to EVERY lecture and event! We have never missed one. keep up the remarkable research PROOF and dont forget us folks up here in sturbridge.
Carlos Jr. November 01, 2012 at 02:02 PM
Im with Barbra! The PROOF team is great and there events are even better! PROOF investigated my mothers historian mansion and found more evidence than any of those "ghost shows" on television! Keep up the great work!
Georgina November 01, 2012 at 02:16 PM
Hey y'all! Very cool article, I myself have alway's been interested in the idea that life exists after death. I recently moved to the Tolland County and haven't yet met the P.R.O.O.F Team yet I know of their charity work and my children have seen there SUV's in and around town. I think that it would be very interesting to have an article like this one talking about the paranormal every month, it would make for interesting reading!
Holly dube November 01, 2012 at 02:34 PM
Good point georgina. A monthly read about haunted places would be a reason to turn on your computer lol. PROOF gave a presentation about paranormal mythology during my graduation last year! It was a great way to end the year! I don't think that I could do what PROOF does on a daily basis, wayyyyy to scary for my liking!!!
Jonathan November 02, 2012 at 01:49 AM
No offense to P.R.O.O.F but does anyone REALLY believe in this crap!? I mean really ghosts; spirits; goblins, come on now?
Melissa November 04, 2012 at 11:51 PM
@Jonathan I used to be you or otherwise, have your close-minded attitude. Yet after attending a P.R.O.O.F event several years ago, I have no doubt in the existence of life beyond the living! Maybe you should try investigating one day and find the truth on your own, prove your self wrong!

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