Who ya gonna call?

  By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes My personal stance on the paranormal is best summed up by the poster that hung on the office wall of Fox Mulder in The X-Files. It’s a blurry photo of a purported UFO with the words “I want to believe.” That’s what puts me in the empty Oregon State Fairgrounds at 9 p.m. on a Monday night with the RIP (Redneck Investigations Paranormal) Team. I don’t discount the existence of things we can’t see, but I’m waiting for hard evidence. The kind teams like RIP strive to present us with. “I try to keep it old school, EMF (electromagnetic field) readers, infrared cameras, and motion detectors,” says Donnie Lee, the RIP team founder and leader. Lee’s team includes his wife, Randi, Ryan Laack, a friend and McNary High School alum, Dave Silva, a retired Vietnam veteran, and Jen Barnett, the RIP medium or clairvoyant, who says she discovered her “gifts” at age 8. They’re accompanied by Jeff Trejo, a fairgrounds representative, giving them an all-access pass to the buildings. “We get a few calls a year from teams wanting to come out and do investigations,”  Trejo says. “We’re happy to help them out for the most part.” The evening started out promising. Donnie, Ryan and Dave were standing out in the parking lot by the Americraft Building and saw someone walk down...

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