The Atlantic Paranormal Society (TAPS) is an organization that investigates reported paranormal activity. Based in Warwick, Rhode Island, United States, TAPS was founded in 1990 by Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson. In 2004, the organization itself became the subject of ”Ghost Hunters”, a popular weekly American paranormal TV reality series on the Syfy channel.
History and Objectives
In 1990, Hawes began Rhode Island Paranormal Society after having a personal experience with spirits. After RIPS began investigating cases throughout the New England area, Jason met up with Grant Wilson in 1995 and renamed it The Atlantic Paranormal Society. Wilson had also had a personal experience. Neither men talk about it in public. The group was originally run out of Jason’s basement, and was only them at that point. In 2003 they were approached by Pilgrim Films and taped ten episodes of Ghost Hunters for the Sci Fi (Later SyFy) channel.
The group attempts to help individuals or groups who feel they have paranormal activity occurring around them by using various electronic equipment, which TAPS believes is capable of detecting such phenomena. The results are also used for their own research purposes.
In 2007 Jason and Grant released their first book, titled ”Ghost Hunting”. In 2009, they released another book called ”Seeking Spirits”. One other primary objective of TAPS is to make the rounds on the college lecture and convention circuit, as the event calendar on the group’s main page shows various members are frequently booked at such events.
In early 2007, TAPS ceased describing itself as a “non-profit organization” and instead adopted the term “free volunteer organization” due to potential liability issues stemming from the inaccuracy of the first description.
They send a group of 3 to 8 members to perform an 8-16 hour investigation, covering multiple nights, employing a number of infrared and digital video cameras, thermal camera devices, EMF Detectors, digital thermometers and other equipment throughout the site in question. While at a site, the members of the team often find common explanations for the claims of the occupants. In conclusion, the team will report on its findings, and express their opinion that a site is “haunted” or “not haunted.” They distinguish themselves from other paranormal groups by going into a case by claiming they wish to disprove a haunting. TAPS does not charge their clients for the investigations or consulting.
Many paranormal investigation groups network and assist similar member groups across the nation and around the world. TAPS invites paranormal research organizations into its own network, and may refer cases to them. These organizations are part of a network called the ”TAPS Family”. Member organizations put a TAPS Family Member banner on their websites, which link to The Atlantic Paranormal Society’s web page. A list of member organizations is available at the TAPS Family Website.
*Official Website is www.the-atlantic-paranormal-society.com