MM: How do you feel about skeptics?
Kilgore: People certainly have the right to declare themselves "skeptical". Unfortunately, my encounters with most self-proclaimed skeptics have indicated not merely doubts of the paranormal but an almost militaristic in-your-face approach toward anyone who is "curious" . I have the impression they want to keep people from even exploring the possbilities of paranormal activity. I wonder what they're afraid we might learn?
MM: When did you know you had abilities and how did you know?
Kilgore: That's hard to say. I think we all have extrasensory experiences we just call it luck or coincidence. I first began to see some distinct abilities as a reporter more than 30 years ago - an intuition that helped me be in the right places at the right time and has helped to guide my career. In fact, I became aware of ISPR while doing a story on the paranormal. Was that great luck or what!
MM: How do your abilities work?
Kilgore: My experiences seem to defy some proclaimed psychics who claim you can't enhance extra-sensory abilities. Since I began working with ISPR, rudimentary abilties such as detecting entities and feelings about future occurrences have been enhanced, considerably. As I understand more and become more comfortable with these abilties, I feel they will continue to grow.
MM: How do you apply your abilities?
Kilgore: As I understand more about the talents -- I feel everyone has to a certain degree-- I can share with others, my observations and feelings that might help them better understand their own abilities.
MM: What are your personal goals regarding paranormal research?
Kilgore: My goal is to learn more about my own abilities and develop them through participation as a member of the ISPR team. Using my skills as a professional observor, I am helping to document our research. I hope to find common threads from our investigations that will help us understand what we're dealing with. I want to help people understand they don't have to be afraid of things that go bump in the night. Understanding is enlightenment. Enlightenment is freedom from needless fear.
MM: What do you think about other team member's abilities?
Kilgore: What an incredible team we have - from greatly diverse backgrounds and personalities and life experiences. Dr. Larry Montz offers tremendous leadership highlightd by the ablity to ground and focus our collective energies into a united effort to probe the unknown. He is a continual source of strength and willing to challenge findings and observations in search of accuracy and truth. He is always in control despite the myriad circumstances we encounter and is the center of our collective being ... Daena is the heart and soul of ISPR. She approaches every investigation with great eagerness and expectation, while knowing that the results could weigh heavily on her psyche. Like Larry, she has dedicated her life to the scientific persuit of the unknown... Linda is a fighter, challenging entities and barely seen forces to fess up or clear out. She too comes away exhausted... Derek has incredibly deep insight and is a master of interpretation. His sincere yet humble approach tears down the barriers of unbelief. He possesses an uncanny ability to communicate with family and friends who have preceded us to the other side.... Shawn is the team conscience. A dedicated and sensitive investigator, he also keeps us aware of who we are and what we need to accomplish.
MM: What gives you the most satisfaction about the work you do?
Kilgore: What's so deeply satisfying about the work of ISPR is the knowledge that we are blazing new trails into the unknown. While many have claimed to communicate with entities and state their conclusions, the ISPR team never rests on it's laurels. We're constantly challenging observations and searching for historic confirmation of impressions and occurrences. And we have the Vogue Theater as a sort of recharging station and testing grounds for new theories.
MM: Are you ever afraid?
Kilgore: Driving in heavy fog scares me. Standing with Linda in the Vogue as a huge energy shape bears down on us, scares me even more.
MM: What is your professional background?
Kilgore: I have been a broadcast journalist since 1968. In that time I have worked extensively in both radio and television. As a network correspondent and major market anchor/reporter, I have covered stories ranging from the great Cucumonga Flood of 1968 to Presidents and the nation's capitol to major trials including O.J. Simpson and the Menendez Brothers.
MM: Are there any times or situations that you feel you could be in danger?
Kilgore: In conjunction with my profession there have been numerous times when I felt my life was in danger. I've been caught in cops and robbers shootouts, been drawn on by a nervous rookie cop and flown into major thunderstorms in light aircraft. And there's always the possibility of danger on ISPR assignments. We have encountered more than one unhappy, threatening entity. That's when we all draw on each other's strength to get through it.
MM: Name some examples of fraud that you've seen.
Kilgore: Fraud abounds. I've seen pills and magic potions that are supposed to cure all ills, special glasses that let you see the "other world", alleged paranormal investigators and psychics whose only talent is preying on the sorrowful. These are the deceivers who would have us believe in cult-like fashion, that only they can satisfy the need to know what's out there. These are the decievers who keep us afraid of the dark.
MM: Are there any aspects of the work you do that you feel or know poses health problems?
Kilgore: Since I joined the ISPR, my health has actually been better in a number of ways. A lot of stress and dread I used to feel after unexplained occurences, is gone, replaced with a spirit of adventure.
MM: Do you read books regarding paranormal matters, and if so, what kinds?
Kilgore: I read everything about the paranormal I can get my hands on. I am fascinated by the historical background of man's attempts to enhance extrasensory abilities. I am intrigued by secret societies claiming some devine - or satanic - revelation. I am currently reading The Psychic Battlefield by W. Adam Mendelbaum.
MM: What are some innaccuracies that have been printed or broadcasted about you?
Kilgore: Once in a while, a dumb reporter calls us a bunch of ghostbusters or walks into an interview with their mind already made up to be contrary. For the most part, I have been portrayed accurately, although I can't vouch for the translation of that Japanese network interview. [Laughs]
MM: Should an investigator clear a property without consultation or permission?
Kilgore: It's my opinion that an investigator should consult with the reporting party before deciding whether to clear a property. I know some people who are greatly comforted by their resident entity. On the other hand, if a veteran investigator knows great potential harm could be caused by the continued presence of an entity, they might decide to take matters into their own hands.
MM: Have you ever been injured due to the work you perform?
Kilgore: The only time I've ever been hurt was during an investigation on the movie set of the original "Phantom of the Opera". And that was a strange situation. After watching video and listening to audio tapes of the incident, it's clear that the great pain Daena picked up while channeling two young accident victims, was transferring to me. First I felt extreme pain in my right side, later, pain in my left knee. The pain subsided when we left the set.
MM: Any details about your life that may have shaped your decision to do this kind of work?
Kilgore: There have been many occurences in my life that I have dismissed as whim or imagination. Yet I have always known there is something out there that is real and has an impact on those who still live. It's the need to know more about the great unknown that's shaped my decision to work on the ISPR Team.
MM: How do you feel about people who make claims and/or copy you and why?
Kilgore: I am greatly saddened by the deceivers. One of the great joys about the ISPR is that everything we do is on the record. We have no secret knowledge for a fee or offer magical devices that can clear the veil between us and the barely known. We don't sell spook hunting equipment or imply that every questionable situation is a genuine haunting. And we have no clue club to join. What you see is what you get. Any proclaimers who can't say the same should be treated accordingly.