Established May 15th, 2000
The Center for Paranormal Research and Investigation is a non-profit organization based outside of Richmond,VA. We conduct research into the paranormal in a non-metaphysical manner. One of our main goals is to seek out allegedly "haunted locations"* and to assist those who are experiencing problems with the paranormal. We then look for authentic data related the paranormal and try to determine if the location is haunted*. We are seeking genuine data and are careful about the presentation of this data... ensuring that it is legitimate, researched and analyzed before being presented to the general public.
We use strict SCIENTIFIC methods to obtain TANGIBLE data - Data that leaves no doubt about its origin, cause and effect. Data that will be reproducible under controlled testing conditions. (example - If a ghost is residing in a home and is able to be clearly picked up by videotape, then it should be able to be clearly picked up upon testing replication.)
We are skeptics and not debunkers - skeptic means to question and debunk means to expose while ridiculing.
We are committed to proposing new theories regarding the paranormal that will be reproducible within a laboratory environment
The credibility of the group is maintained above all else as we do not work with psychics or conduct research using metaphysical methods. We are not "Ghost Busters", but when a case does prove to be genuine, assistance through other channels may be provided at the location owner's request.
In addition, we do not claim to be experts in the paranormal, as no experts exist when it comes to the supernatural, no matter what anyone may claim or who may claim to be one. We are instead working to present an image of competent researchers who are collecting the most authentic empirical data possible. Research conducted under the auspices of CPRI is always held to the standards of the group and is conducted with integrity, honesty and with discretion.
CPRI is also different from "ghost hunting" organizations because we are a tangible society, not just an internet mailing list. We are a real group with active members. We conduct monthly meetings throughout the state.
We also seek to educate the public about paranormal phenomena by sharing our research findings through our website, monthly newsletter and presentations at professional meetings and conferences. CPRI seeks to engage the public in a variety of ways and on a variety of fronts.
Founder, President, and VA State Director
Northern VA - Region 7
Open - ????
Northwestern VA - Region 2
Fredericksburg - Ladona Gorham
Central VA - Region 1
Richmond and surrounding areas- Allen Slonaker
Southwestern VA - Region 6
Roanoke/Blacksburg/Christiansburg - Tommy Amos
Eastern VA - Region 5
Hampton Roads - ????
Southern VA - Region 3
Halifax/Danville/South Boston - Tommy Amos
Western VA - Region 4
Bristol - Tommy Amos
Indiana State Director
Public Relations / Media Contact
Research Coordinator/Technical Guru