The SPI team. Seated (left to right): 1. Raymond – Active Society member 2. Wisely – Secretary, Head of Cultural Beliefs and Educational Outreach 3. AK – Elite member, Society’s Ghoulish Tour advisor, reconnaissance and research in Catholic beliefs 4. Silx – Elite member, research in Indian culture, spiritual mediums, gadgets and investigation Standing (left to right) 1. Winxstar – Society’s treasurer 2. Marisa – Active Society member 3. Milford – Active Society member, under-study in Society’s investigation team 4. Jan-jan – Elite member, Society’s procurement officer 5. Match – Elite member, Society’s Ghoulish Tour coordinator and part of investigation team 6. Yellobie (with his daughter in arms) – Elite Member, Head of Society’s gadget development and investigation 7. Jellie – Elite member, Society’s finance 8. PTT (Joanne) – Active Society member 9. Grace – Active Society member 10. Vina – Active Society member 11. Sunkiss – Elite member, managing Society’s HR (Welfare) and investigation
They're regular people with regular jobs but when there's something strange in your neighbourhood, you can count on them to explain it for you. They're members of the Society of Paranormal Investigators, a non-profit organisation that aims to identify and demystify paranormal phenomena and the key source of this month's Paranormal edition.
For eight years, this fearless group has committed multiple weekends a month, freely offering their ghost-hunting services to people experiencing alleged hauntings and organising unique paranormal tours to cemeteries like Bukit Brown, where you can try your hand at communicating with a spirit, with an ouijia board.
The organisation focuses on investigation, hence does not bust ghosts, though they do recommend the right exorcists in line with their client's religious beliefs.
Nothing seems to faze this community that sticks together for friendship, community and curiosity. When asked about their most shocking and frightening experiences, most members cite none, even as they have witnessed some pretty creepy phenomena. Read about them here. Daredevil thrill-seekers or paranormal skeptics? Meet them this Hungry Ghost Festival at these two events to decide for yourself.
tools of the trade
SPI members testing out an EVP recorder on site.
This gun-like tool is an EVP recorder used to record sounds beyond the human range. Electronic voice phenomena (EVP) are sounds found on electronic recordings which resemble speech, but are reportedly not the result of intentional recording or rendering. EVP are commonly found in recordings with static, stray radio transmissions, and background noise. Recordings of EVP are often produced by increasing the gain (i.e. sensitivity) of the recording equipment. These sounds are then magnified, identified and analysed after the session. The EVP recorder has detected animal growling sounds in an enclosed room even as 5 members in the same room did not hear anything.
SPI conducting an ouijia board experiment
About the Society of Paranormal Investigators (Singapore)
Formerly known as “Singapore Paranormal Investigators”, the non-profit Society was officially formed and registered in May 2005 to introduce democracy and a more formal way of addressing the interests of the public and its members. The Society is the first of its kind in Singapore to be a registered Society with the Government. The Society functioned on the domain “SPI.com.sg” from the time it was registered till May 2007, where it relocated to the current domain, i.e. “PARANORMAL.org.sg“.
Objectives of the Society
a) To promote, foster and maintain friendship and goodwill among Society members through social, cultural, educational and recreational activities, as well as expedition and investigation.
b) To provide Society members the opportunity of maintaining and improving their knowledge and understanding of the facts behind paranormal and the related rational and/or scientific explanations against myths, rumours and superstitions through the aforesaid activities. (The term paranormal means any phenomenon that cannot be sufficiently explained by the current science in our context.)
c) To provide a forum and a website in which Society members can discuss and identify common interests in paranormal and their various fields of specialization that help solving the unexplained.
d) To provide standardised rules of all paranormal investigations organised in Singapore.
e) To initiate and/or support, by pecuniary or other means, any project which the Society deems deserving for its members or the community.
f) To promote and foster knowledge exchanges in the light of debunking ridiculous superstitious beliefs and urban legends in Singapore.
They operate tours to 'haunted' places, answer public and media inquiries, and have even helped with school projects.