Jackson Purchase Paranormal Investigations (JPPI) has been researching the paranormal since 2008. Currently serving Western Kentucky, Southern Illinois, Northwestern Tennessee and Southeastern Missouri, JPPI is a dedicated group of individuals who desire only to learn more about the paranormal and, in doing so, be in the best position possible to help our clients understand what is, or is not, present in their surroundings and affecting their lives.
As a group, JPPI is not looking for fame, glory, or a TV show .... we're just trying to answer some questions and come up with some explanations for what we've experienced in our lives and, hopefully, help others along the way.
Our philosophy: "when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth" --- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
What's In A Name ?
The Jackson Purchase is a region in the state of Kentucky bounded by the Mississippi River to the west, the Ohio River to the north, and Tennessee River to the east. Although technically part of Kentucky at its statehood in 1792, the land did not come under definitive U.S. control until 1818, when Andrew Jackson and Isaac Shelby purchased it from the Chickasaw Indians. Kentuckians generally call this region the Purchase. This purchase also included all of Tennessee west of the Tennessee River. In modern usage the term Jackson Purchase refers only to the Kentucky portion of the acquisition. The Tennessee region directly to the south is typically called West Tennessee.
Our original intent was to cover the eight counties that comprise the Jackson Purchase of Kentucky but we have since expanded our coverage area to Southern Illinois, Southeastern Missouri, Northwestern Tennessee, and pretty much the western half of Kentucky.
The word “paranormal” has been in the English language since at least 1920. It consists of two parts: para and normal. In most definitions of the word paranormal, it is described as anything that is beyond or contrary to what is deemed scientifically possible. The definition implies that the scientific explanation of the world around us is the 'normal' part of the word and 'para' makes up the above, beyond, beside, contrary, or against part of the meaning.
Thousands of stories relating to paranormal phenomena are found in popular culture, folklore, and the recollections of individual subjects. In contrast, the scientific community, as referenced in statements made by organizations such as the United States National Science Foundation, maintains that scientific evidence does not support a variety of beliefs that have been characterized as paranormal.
According to a survey conducted in October 2008 by the Associated Press and Ipsos, 34 percent of Americans say they believe in the existence of ghosts. Moreover, a Gallup poll conducted on June 6–8, 2005 showed that one-third (32%) of Americans believe that ghosts exist, with belief declining with age. Having surveyed three countries (the United States, Canada, and Great Britain), the poll also mentioned that more people believe in haunted houses than any of the other paranormal items tested, with 37% of Americans, 28% of Canadians, and 40% of Britons believing.
The act or process of investigating; a careful search or examination in order to discover facts, etc. We are investigators ... we are NOT ghost hunters. We are not hunting anything or anybody. We are simply investigating the situation or circumstances presented to us in order to come up with a logical and believable explanation, which sometimes is paranormal in nature.
As a group, we also prefer the word "spirit" as opposed to "ghost" as it is the "spirit" of the deceased individuals who have contacted us.
- The JPPI crew is actively working to secure a remarkable local site for a "public" investigation Halloween night. Check back for more information.
- The JPPI Crew will be presenting a talk entitled "An Introduction to the Paranormal: Do You Believe?" on Saturday, October 31st (yes, on Halloween) at the Graves County Library in Mayfield, KY. Talk starts at 2:30 pm and should last about 2 hours.
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