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2005 News:
Paranormal Phenomena Research & Investigation and the Centre for Parapsychological Studies in Canada Present the 2006 Canadian Paranormal Conference
December 7, 2005
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ABC Television and Wife Swap are Seeking Families Involved in the Paranormal World
November 29, 2005

The Nightmare Encyclopedia Offers Insight into Our Darkest Dreams
November 17, 2005

Ghost Hunting 101 at the Houghton Mansion in North Adams, Massachusetts October 29th
October 17, 2005

TLC presents Dead Tenants Premiering Thursday, October 13th at 10:00PM ET
October 10, 2005

California Author Launches Paranormal Animal Research Group
October 7, 2005

World's Leading Ghost Hunters Unite to Produce Encyclopedia of Haunted Places: Ghostly Locales From Around the World
September 29, 2005

Parapsychologist and Director of East Coast Hauntings Organization (ECHO) Has Opened a Business Office in Historic Downtown Washington
September 19, 2005

Paranormal Community Comes Together to Offer Relief to Victims of Hurricane Katrina
September 12, 2005

Author Seeks True Stories for Book on Animal Ghosts
September 9, 2005

The W Network In Canada Seeks High-Spirited Homeowners With a Haunting
August 31, 2005

HAUNT X, 2006 L.A. eXtreme Halloween eXpo - February 16th-20th, 2006
August 29, 2005
Ghost Conference

Ghosts In Reno? You Bet!
August 24, 2005

Haunted Hamilton Presents the Second Annual Paranormal Summit on October 1, 2005
August 23, 2005
Ghost Conference

2005 Mid-South Paranormal Convention to Be Held September 24th and 25th at Waverly Hills
August 17, 2005
Ghost Conference

1st Annual Paranormal Ghost Hunting Conference to Be Held in Cedar Key, Florida, August 20th and 21st
August 15, 2005
Ghost Conference

San Diego Pagan Pride Day 2005 to Be Held September 17th
August 12, 2005

Philip Gardiner's Forbidden Knowledge Conference to be Held July 1, 2006
July 25, 2005
Ghost Conference

The Learning Channel Seeks People With Haunted Possessions
July 19, 2005

Ghosts of Griffin Gate: Dinner, Ghost Hunting Workshop and Investigation
June 24, 2005

Biography Channel Launches Supernatural Series: Dead Famous: Ghostly Encounters
June 17, 2005

Southern Ghosts Offers A Weekend in Haunted Savannah August 26-28, 2005
June 15, 2005
Ghost Conference

The 1st Annual Horror Writing Contest of the Writers Room of Bucks County
June 8, 2005

Las Vegas Paranormal Conference Beckons Ghost Investigators October 2-4, 2005
May 27, 2005
Ghost Conference

Communicating with the Dead... Truth or Hoax?
May 9, 2005

"Ghost Hunt Nevada" - an Exciting New Class at WNCC
May 4, 2005

"CONTACT" The Berkshire Paranormal Ghost Conference and Seminar Coming to North Adams, Massachusetts, July 15-17, 2005
May 2, 2005
Ghost Conference

Ghost Convention International: Convening Global Ghost Hunters and Researchers at the Haunted Queen Mary in Long Beach, Sept. 9 11, 2005
April 27, 2005
Ghost Conference

Smoking Gun Research Agency to Host ParaCon '05 in Stratford, Connecticut
April 13, 2005
Ghost Conference

Paraquest Paranormal Conference 2005
April 1, 2005
Ghost Conference

A Weekend in St. Augustine
March 28, 2005
Ghost Conference

New Jersey Ghost Conference 2005
February 11, 2005
Ghost Conference

Haunted Virginia Paranormal Conference
February 9, 2005
Ghost Conference

2004 Archive
An Evening of Supernatural Legends at America's Stonehenge with Jeff Belanger
September 23, 2004

New Page Books and Announce The World's Most Haunted Places
August 24, 2004

The Science of the Unexplained Summer Forum To Feature Key Speakers From Connecticut And Surrounding Area
July 13, 2004
Ghost Conference

TV Show Looking to Assemble a Paranormal Investigative Team
June 21, 2004

The ARC 2004 ~ Alternate Realities Conference
February 18, 2004
Ghost Conference

$50,000 for PROOF of Paranormal in Canada
January 16, 2004

2003 Archive Celebrates Four Years of Ghost Research, Evidence, and Discussion
October 20, 2003

July 13, 2004

The Science of the Unexplained Summer Forum To Feature Key Speakers From Connecticut And Surrounding Area

Non-profit CT organization offers the public a look at unexplained activity from a scientific standpoint.

Westport, CT, July 7, 2004: The Smoking Gun Research Agency, Connecticuts largest organization dedicated to the research and investigation of paranormal and unexplained phenomena, will host a public forum on Saturday, August 7, from 10am 3pm at the Stratford Public Library. This forum as with all SGRA presentations is open to the public at no charge. 

This summers forum will feature guest speakers from Connecticut and the surrounding area who will speak on the aspect of science being used to investigate the unexplained. There will be exhibits highlighting local case files and stories, equipment used during field investigations, and other displays. After the forum attendees are invited to join the speakers at the Reality Caf (just down the block from the library) for continued discussion, a question and answer session, and also a raffle and other events. 

The guest list includes: Jon Nowinski, Director of the SGRA. Diane Bajorinas, the Agent In Charge of the SGRA Ghost Investigation Division. Jeff Belanger, founder of and author of The World's Most Haunted Places. Peter Moon, author of the Montauk Project series. And Denice Jones, founder of the L.I.F.E Foundation and author of The Other Side. Updates and information can be found on the SGRA website at, or can be obtained via email at

There will be a media press conference at 12:00 (noon) on August 7. For more information, contact Jon Nowinski at (203)247-0310 or

Please feel free to contact us with any questions you might have. You can also contact us to arrange an advanced interview with members of our team, or to receive press updates on the forum. 

The SGRA was established in 1997 with the intent of conducting research and collecting information on unexplained phenomena. Later that year, the mission was refined so that scientific methods and equipment were utilized to collect and research the data. By 2000 the Agency had grown to encompass over 600 worldwide members, 30 investigators, and 2 branch offices. A new motto was adopted for the millennium that described the purpose of the SGRA: Truth, Fact, & Understanding. Since then the Agency has grown in both size and experience. Director Jon Nowinski and others within the Agency have been featured guests at conferences and meetings around the world. The Agency has been featured in over 50 media outlets, and has been included in 5 book publications. As of June 2004 the SGRA now has Branch Offices in Connecticut, South Carolina, New Hampshire, Texas, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, as well as offices in Australia and the United Kingdom. Members have reached a high of 830, and investigators now top 50. 

Not For Profit, Only Knowledge. : 
What makes the SGRA different from many paranormal groups that claim to be interested in scientific research is that the SGRA is not involved for money, only for knowledge. Many groups charge fees for participation, investigations, or access to information. We do not. There are no membership or participation fees associated with the SGRA, and anyone is welcome to join. The SGRA is a federally registered nonprofit research group and is funded out-of-pocket by the Agency staff, and through the sale of full reports and products through the website. 

The SGRA has a simple, and yet complete, motto: Truth, Fact, & Understanding. 
Truth: To utilize the equipment and methods of scientific research to discover the truth behind paranormal activity.
Fact: To collect, analyze, and report on substantial evidence proving or disproving paranormal phenomena. 
Understanding: To provide detailed status reports to the public, media, and other interested parties about the activity. 

Summer Forum:
Each year the SGRA hosts a summer forum that is free and open to the public. The forum seeks to raise the awareness of reported paranormal phenomena and encourage the exploration of the possibility that some of these phenomena do exist. Everyone is welcome to attend the forums, whether they are a skeptic or a believer. The forums feature guest speakers, exhibits, open discussions, and much more. 

This years forum is titled The Science of the Unexplained and will give attendees a look at some of the methods used by paranormal investigators to research claims of activity. There will be examples of both unexplained events, as well as ones that were identified as not paranormal activity. Our speakers and guests this year are all investigators and researchers from the local area. Information about them can be found on the forum page of the website. 

Media Coverage:
The SGRA has received a great deal of media coverage from 1997 to the present. To fulfill the third goal of Understanding the SGRA makes an effort to keep the media informed of breaking news from the paranormal field, as well as providing ample time and staff for interviews and questions. Please feel free to contact us at to arrange and interview or ask questions. 

Contact Information:
24 Oakview Circle
Westport CT, 0680-4171

P: 203-247-0310

2014 Haunted New England Wall Calendar by Jeff Belanger photography by Frank Grace
Check out the 2014 Haunted New England wall calendar by Jeff Belanger and photography by Frank Grace!

Paranormal Conferences and Lectures
Don't miss the following events and lectures:

Jeff Belanger and “The Bridgewater Triangle” at Dedham Community Theatre - April 6, 2014 9:00PM

The Spirits of the Mark Twain House - Hartford, Connecticut - April 12, 2014

Paracon Australia - East Maitland, New South Wales, Australia - May 10-12, 2014