SciMinds – Scientific Minds Paranormal Investigators was founded in November of 2010. They are an affiliate team of PAST (Paranormal Activity and Survelliance Team – Brandon Kreitzer). SciMinds was founded by Rick Hinton and jill Beitz, utilizing former members of IGT (Indiana Ghost Trackers) and Everyday Paranormal of Indiana (Klinge Brothers/Ghost Lab affiliate). The purpose of starting this group was to be able to utilize scientific protocols and equipment in all forms of paranormal investigations.
SciMinds currently has 9 members. They are based out of Indianapolis and surrounding areas. They will travel throughout Indiana and the surrounding states, plus longer trips a few times a year. To gain membership into SciMinds is by invitation only. They look for the candidate to bring skill, talent, or a mindset that would enhance the team.
When investigating SciMinds does adhere to a code of ethics and will abide by the scientific method, always questioning claims and evidence critically. When setting up for private home invetigations a preliminary meeting is arranged with the client which involves an interview with the team Psychologist, Gary Nunnaly. Photos and electromagnetic readings are taken around the home. The client is given guidelines to follow when a formal investigation is conducted. Other investigations are researched by the team Historian, Rick Hinton and arranged by the Case Manager, Elizabeth Wynn.
SciMinds has done several dozen investigations including 2 private homes. They have been to such places as Waverly Hills Sanatorium, Mansfield Reformatory, Roff House, and the Lemp Mansion.
Equipment list seems pretty basic. Standard IR cameras, TriField meter, Gauss Meters, Full Spectrum Camera, Laser grids, Motion detectors, and digital recorders. Tech manager, Roger Pingleton has developed a Random Number Generator and a method to record EVPs in stereo and synchronized to video. He also streams their investigations live on the internet to their channel on PTVN.
If you would like to contact SciMinds, you can do so by contacting their public relations manager, Jill Beitz at 317-507-6875, or you can email her. You can also check them out on Facebook. They do have a website that is currently under construction.
On a side note, SciMinds investigates all types of paranormal activity, including UFOs and Cryptids. 3 members of this team are certified MUFON (Mutual UFO Network) Field Investigators with 3 additional members in training. Jill Beitz is the President of the Central Indiana Chapter of MUFON.