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Aurora ghost hunter has fascination with the paranormal

Matthew Herran of Aurora hopes to prove there's life after death by hunting for ghosts

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  • Matthew Herran listens closely to his digital audio recorder after conducting an EVP session at a Montgomery Cemetery. Herran will often spend three or more hours at a location on his hunts.

       Matthew Herran listens closely to his digital audio recorder after conducting an EVP session at a Montgomery Cemetery. Herran will often spend three or more hours at a location on his hunts.
    Paul Michna | Staff Photographer

  • Herran, working in his Aurora home, listens for evidence of a spiritual presence after a recent EVP session in Montgomery.

       Herran, working in his Aurora home, listens for evidence of a spiritual presence after a recent EVP session in Montgomery.
    Paul Michna | Staff Photographer

  • Herran listens for evidence of a spiritual presence in an Oswego cemetery. He also investigates homes.

       Herran listens for evidence of a spiritual presence in an Oswego cemetery. He also investigates homes.
    Paul Michna | Staff Photographer

  • Matthew Herran of Aurora is an EVP hunter. EVPs, or electronic voice phenomena, are the communication by spirits through radios, tape recorders, or other electronic audio devices. He has been investigating these types of spirits for almost two years.

       Matthew Herran of Aurora is an EVP hunter. EVPs, or electronic voice phenomena, are the communication by spirits through radios, tape recorders, or other electronic audio devices. He has been investigating these types of spirits for almost two years.
    Paul Michna | Staff Photographer

  • A digital recorder, heat-detection device, and a video camera are all tools of the trade for Matthew Herran as he attempts to detect the presence of spirits.

       A digital recorder, heat-detection device, and a video camera are all tools of the trade for Matthew Herran as he attempts to detect the presence of spirits.
    Paul Michna | Staff Photographer

  • Video: Moving Picture: Spirit Hunter

 
 

Matthew Herran describes his fascination with the paranormal as a personal quest to find out if there is life after death.

The Aurora resident goes on "hunts" for EVPs, or electronic voice phenomena, which is the communication by spirits through radios, tape recorders, or other electronic audio devices.

"I honestly don't know what happens to someone after they have passed," says Herran. "I would like to find proof that there is life after death."

Herran's girlfriend introduced him to EVP and the folks at Kindred Spirits in Oswego more than 18 months ago. Since then Herran has joined their paranormal investigation team.

They take part in one or two hunts every month, usually in the Midwest, listening and looking for evidence of the afterlife in cemeteries and even private homes.

The equipment for EVP hunting is relativity simple.

"All you need is a digital recorder, headphones, and audio editing software," he says.

Herran also uses a heat-detection device and a small video camera that he carries in a briefcase, which are used to verify the presence of a spirit visually or by heat signature. When hunting, he simply asks a question of the spirit and waits for a response. However, responses can only be detected by the digital device at the time of recording because the human ear cannot hear them without being digitized or magnetically recorded. Herran doesn't hear the responses until he processes the audio files on his computer.

Herran describes these hunts as exhilarating. He and his fellow hunters often find themselves experiencing cold spots, tingling of the arms, and hair standing up when a paranormal presence is near.

Herran also admits to being scared at times. While monitoring a live session with his headphones on, Herran heard the words "Get out!" After hearing the rare, audible warning, the team quickly left the premises.

Herran says his family was worried that his work dealing with paranormal activity would open him up to some kind of demonic or evil energy. He believes there are both positive and negative energies and this is all a necessary part of finding the answers he needs.

"I'm a very open-minded person," he says.

After all of Herran's experiences with the paranormal and EVPs, he says he is still looking for answers.

"I'm not going to say I'm not afraid of death, but I'm more welcome to the fact of life after death," he says.

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