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About Us

North Orange County Paranormal Society / ParaUnit is a resource for people seeking help with understanding their paranormal experiences. If you have not heard of us, it's most likely because you have not been looking in the right place. NOPS/ParaUnit and our affiliated groups are highly respected in the paranormal field among real investigators.  Investigators are available free of charge. NOPS/ParaUnit attempts to document the existence of strange and anomalous phenomena using a scientific method. We are not hunters, exterminators, pest control, or entertainers in the industry. There are no such things as experts in the paranormal field. This field is constantly changing and no one has all the answers. What we do have, is experts in the field of investigation that can help with things that have worked for other clients in reducing activity that may be of paranormal origin. 


When you request an investigation, our case manager will take an "over-the-phone interview" to discuss your activity and concerns. We may send out a preliminary Scout team to test your location before setting up a first-time investigation which is a smaller investigation to see what we can find. If the activity is tested successfully, we will then launch a full investigation if needed with additional high-tech gear and additional backup team members. We normally don't use the entire team on first visits and we may not bring in our tech department until needed later. If we are unsuccessful in finding anything, we will have the activity monitored by the client and they will keep in touch with us for a possible return visit. Clients will be instructed on ways to document their activity when we can't be there to help determine the best plan of action.


We will enter your home or business and investigate it as skeptics. This is what investigators do first to rule out man-made contamination. It's not fair to the client to be led to believe that their place is haunted. It doesn't work that way. The first steps include taking measurements and base readings caused by interference from electrical and electromagnetic devices, 2-way radio signals, etc.

This is also called the "Process of elimination". Then we will move to unexplained activity. This is where we will focus our investigation as well as conduct our experiments using some of our own experimental devices. Once we determine what we are dealing with, we can take the next steps to find a solution for the client. We may then refer your case to experts who deal with your type of phenomena with the help of our collected data and evidence. 






We follow a very strict Code of Ethics when we investigate private businesses. Many times owners would rather not pay employees to watch over the team as they investigate into the late night/early morning hours which is understandable. Business owners have trusted us with their businesses for investigation. Businesses are welcome to keep their security camera systems recording the entire time as they could help verify our findings.

We were first established in 2005 by Jim VanEckhoutte and Sam Neill after their own experiences with the unknown. In 2007, Nops launched a free Internet-based television channel called NOPStv on ( which became Livestream in 2009) with educational paranormal programming and live investigations. The free NOPStv channel closed in 2017 due to high fees to operate the no longer free network and because of newer free digital-based video network streams such as YouTube. Nops launched its YouTube channel in 2004 under the name NOPS tube. Today it's called NOPS tube 4K.

We are based in Southern California and cover the West Coast from Arizona, Nevada, and Northern California. 
What you see from us is 100% real!

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We will occasionally host pre-paid public investigation events and fundraisers during the year for educational purposes that will give the public a chance to see what it's like to investigate the paranormal and experience what we experienced. Fees for these events will go to the location for restoration purposes and expenses for the event itself.

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