The C.A.S.P.E.R. program is a new development that sort of began years ago, with a small haunted house and show in West Bend, and has grown and adapted itself to well beyond the aspects of paranormal investigating itself. The C.A.S.P.E.R. program is really so much more than what KMPI does, and while it remains affiliated with KMPI, and is largely sponsored by KMPI's members, it's really it's own entity.
C.A.S.P.E.R. stands for Community Activism and Supportive Projects for Education and Revitalization. That sound slike a mouthful but it's really just the tip of the iceberg. The name came easy, we wanted it to be known as sort of the helpful, friendly ghost-type of a entity, which it really is. The goal of C.A.S.P.E.R. is simply...to bring awareness and educate the community as a whole, to the paranormal community. To let them know who we are and what we can do for them. But it's also for the Community Activism, the Supportive Projects and Revitalization of the local businesses and economy. So many of the historical properties we deal with from time to time, are theaters, restaurants, and hotels. Many of them are owned by an individual or family, and in todays market,many of them are struggling.
The C.A.S.P.E.R. project is a simple one. We get called in or approach a company. We find out their thoughts on a plausible haunting of the building, see if there's even a remote chance of there being activity, research the property, and then we see what KMPI and C.A.S.P.E.R. can do for them. In exchange for a private (or public) investigation, KMPI will do some free-lance advertising and research into your company, maybe make a few suggestions for you to be able to draw people in. As a general rule, anywhere we go seems to garner a lot of attention just by itself. On our recent excursion we had a few people in the bar waiting around to talk to us. Sometimes, simply the interest is enough to get people in, and if people have a good time, they might recommend the buisness to others! That example is a simple one, so here's a better one:
Our most recent one, on-going now, is at the Campbellsport Inn, located in Campbellsport, WI. Our dealings with the FDL Historical society granted us access to ask for a favor...so we got the personal chair of Edward J Bauer, back for one short month, to the Campbellsport Inn. Ed Bauer ("Mush") was well known in this small town, world wide. He was listed in the guiness book of worlds records as the heaviest man to operate a bar, and at nearly 800 pounds, thats not too hard to believe! But almost as well known as the generous and likeable Mush, was his personally-built, custom leather chair, which he was known to be seated at every day for most of his time as the barkeeper. Now, ironically enough, we managed to bring this chair back on the anniversary of his death (was not discovered until after the dates were already set!) and so we took advantage of the situation, and ran a paranormal investigation...two of them, in fact, to test the theory on trigger objects. (Results pending review this week)
In addition, KMPI gathered up a lot of historical information we could find, newspaper clippings, stories and info on Mush's life and death, postcards, pictures, and even the historical ownership and building information of the Inn itself! We also handled the media release to the local papers and made flyers to put up around town for the chair being there.
The same day we brought the chair in, the parking lot stayed full nearly all day. Co-incidence? perhaps, but an increase in buisness that big only proves C.A.S.P.E.R. has worked for them in many ways...media, sales, advertising, and to top it off, they got to be a part of a paranormal investigation, one of the more popular "hobbies" sweeping the nation. Really it was a win for everything.
Phantoms falls into this category as well, although we didn't have a name for it yet, we knew this was where we were going with the program. Campbellsport might not garner the $20,000 jackpot that Phantoms did, and we cannot guarantee that you'll made tens of thousands of dollars with C.A.S.P.E.R., but in the right situation, C.A.S.P.E.R. DOES work, and CAN and WILL help a local business in some way or another.
C.A.S.P.E.R. events can be anything from a presentation, public ghost hunt, tours, haunted house, or private investigation, and beyond. It's limits are the imagination, and we're only limited by the size of your building and the number of our volunteers. For more information on what C.A.S.P.E.R. can do for you, head over to:
...and fill out the form. My team looks forward to hearing from you and working for, and with you! More info on events we've done is located there.
C.A.S.P.E.R. is really about people helping the local economy in a rough time, and getting the message of who we are and what we do out to people. It's a great way to unify the public with the paranormal community, since sometimes people might feel we've sort of formed our own clique, and arent sure about what all goes on. C.A.S.P.E.R. is about transparency and a mutual respect between people of all walks of life.
And so far, it's been met with open arms and has had amazing results!