What is Dead Time?
What is dead time, really? I know Ryan from Paranormal
State does his dead time on the show. In fact every
paranormal investigator I know of picks a particular time,
always at night and we turn off all of the lights and it is also
the most quiet time to conduct an investigation. But only
Ryan has ever used the term "dead time" as part of his
investigations that I know of. But we all know as
investigators that we can hunt ghosts at anytime and we
can get evidence day or night. The only time I have ever
heard the phrase "dead time" before the show Paranormal
State was from a woman named Minerva who practiced
voodoo and she described dead time as this...
"Ain't got much dead time left.
Lasts an hour.
Half-hour before midnight
till half past.
Half-hour before midnight
for working good.
Half-hour after for evil.
We'll need a little of both tonight."
So Wow, thats kinda powerful and it makes sense doesn't
it? However, does anyone really know the time of "dead
time"? Who made up dead time anyway? If anyone ever saw
the movie "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" then
they know Minerva is the voodoo priestess who tries
to help an alleged (I say alleged very loosely here) murderer
get acquitted in his criminal court trials with a little old
fashioned help from voodoo magic. Maybe it worked too
because he got out of an astonishing four trials. But...he
then died about 9 months or so after his last trial! So, not so
voodoo lucky after all. A little deal with the devil maybe?
HMMMMM. Spooky considering this is a true story. I
remember seeing some orb videos from the Mercer House
years ago. It is nowhere to be found now. I have looked and
looked. It seems this too is very protected by his sister
determined to erase the bad memory of her brother with
good memories of his fantastic restoration work of historic
homes and collections of priceless antiques. Enough said
It seems from everything I have read about ghost hunting
and all the ghost stories I have heard plus the scary movies
I have seen, the best time to hunt ghosts is around midnight
until just before dawn which of course is the most creepiest
and scariest time. Always portrayed at night but never
specifically called "dead time". So....why? Why associate
times like midnight or 3:00am to a term like dead time or
when you are more likely to get evidence? Or for that matter
when the moon is full or the geomagnetic field is high etc.
Why do we expect to see more paranormal activity or get
better results? Certainly it stands to reason that we
ourselves have a heightened sense of awareness when the
creepiness factor is in full gear. There is nothing I love more
when I am on a ghost hunt or investigation then a full moon
and a hellish storm is brewing. It certainly gets me in the
mood for spooky and I must say I feel even more sensitive
to sudden feelings of despair or dread or ill feeling. Even
with all I have learned based on my own experiences I can
still get so creeped out because I feel like someone is
always watching me or standing right behind
me but strangely enough, it only happens when I am on an
investigation and at night. So, I do believe the ambiance if
you will, sets me up for a more heightened awareness but
also for just scaring the crap out of myself. I do have that
under control now. :) But I can also tell you, weird
things do happen when nature itself is playing tricks with
There have been to many times to count I have caught
absolutely nothing evidence wise even when I know for sure
that a place is haunted because I have captured evidence
there before. So really using a specific time has made no
difference to me personally. Even with all the
perfect factors and conditions in place, most times it is just
not going to happen. It seems no matter how hard we try it
is just simply not up to us.
However, when a ghost wants to make itself know to you...it
But we do know now, thanks to the paranormal
investigators out there who are really truly finding new ways
to investigate and also designing their own equipment
specifically formatted for paranormal investigating. And this
is why today we have some pretty good ideas about why
certain natural elements such as lightning, full moons, high
and low tides, solar flares and solar radiation etc are
conductors it seems to create higher energy fields that
could perhaps open doors to all kinds of unexpected
phenomenon and can also at the same time play havoc
with our emotions and thought processes. How they all
work according to paranormal activity is only guesswork at
this point. It is really good guesswork
though, we just can't scientifically prove it. Yet... Although I
feel personally we have. I mean what about energy
vortexes? We can't explain those but we know they exist.
Some investigators get great results when re-creating
some natural conditions and it is awesome that some
paranormal investigators are out there putting their ideas to
the test. Even though some scientists and skeptics will
always disagree most all of us who dabble in this field
know that something unexplainable is happening out there.
I still cannot believe with all the evidence we do get these
days a lot of people still don't believe in the paranormal.
Okay back to dead time...
One theory I have heard out there (these are things I have
read on the Internet) is that dead time is when, (one person
wrote) demons who hate man and hate Christ, are far more
active at 3am due to it being the polar opposite of 3pm - the
time Jesus died. The devils mockery of Christ to the world if
you will, but do we even know what time Christ died? Nope.
Dead time has also been called the witching hour or the
devils hour although those phrases have been around a lot
longer than dead time I'm pretty sure about that. It has also
been said that this is the time when portals open to allow all
of the spirits (human and non human) to enter the world or
when the veil that divides this world to the other side is at it's
most thinnest. Are there any sacred church rituals or
exorcism's performed during this time of 3:00am? I have
never heard anything like that and I doubt we could even find
that out anyway. I just don't know about that one.
We know so well with many things paranormal, we just
don't have a clue. I can only go by what I have personally
learned based on my own experiences and by what I have
seen and heard.
I really can't find anything that states "dead time" as anything
other than one definition from Wikipedia of particle and
nuclear detection systems and simply the theories and
perceptions people have of what dead time means to them.
I have also heard it said that this is when some paranormal
researchers would turn off all their equipment to allow the
entities to manifest. Well that makes no sense at all to me
because why would we turn off our equipment if we are
trying to get proof which is why we would have
equipment there to begin with. I cringe at the thought and I
would never turn off our equipment in case we would miss
something and entities seem to need our equipment it
seems to gather energy to manifest.
We also know rituals such as witchcraft, Santeria or voodoo
were performed in the dark of night because people who
immigrated here or were brought here had to practice their
religions in secret out of a real fear of being killed for
practicing them. A good example of this of course is the
Salem Witch Trials. This only adding to the myth that
anything outside of Christianity was indeed the devil's work
and witchcraft. I personally have not read enough on
witchcraft, Santeria or voodoo to consider myself
knowledgeable on these subjects to know what rituals they
do practice. So I can't say for sure if they have a dead time
(except for Minerva) or if they really even use the phrase but I
do know each of these religions are rich in their use of
numbers, symbols, sacrifices and rituals and are used in
very many different ways and have very many different
meanings both good and evil and can ALL seem quite scary
and personal to them in the ways in which they practice. So
2:00am could be another persons dead time to them, again
if they use this phrase at all.
So again I cannot find anything that explains "dead time"
other than what people believe it to be according to their
own ideas, practices and
So basically this is what dead time is to me...
There is no such thing as dead time! Except for what YOU
personally perceive it to be.
My personal favorite quote of dead time is from Minerva who
I am quite confident is the one who coined the phrase first
and then Ryan from Paranormal State picked it up from
somewhere (maybe Minerva) and he is the one who coined
the phrase 2nd, and this
time it stuck. Thats it. The end.
By the way, Ryan himself describes the phrase dead time
as a slang that they use. They don't say anything about a
specific time. They may use a time but he says it is just a
time they use for silence and a chance to communicate with
the spirits without any distractions. They turn off their
equipment and sit in a circle and ask questions to the
spirits. However, they do still have the T.V. Cameras rolling
so not sure how thats working out. Here is a video where he
describes what dead time is to them as a team. Dead Time
So here is another thought..Couldn't dead time maybe just
be the time that you died?
And the term dead time could be used as a reference to a
residual haunting couldn't it? An event that is simply an
imprint destined to repeat itself over and over at precisely
that time in which that person died. That is how I might use
the term if I was going to use it. Just a thought
anyway. 07-11-2010 - Angela