Paranormal Investigation and Research Organization

"Truth through Science"

Paranormal Investigation and Research Organization


PIRO was founded in 2002 by Sarah Nestlen. PIRO originally started out as a small club at the University of New Haven to connect students that had an interest in the paranormal world around them. Since being founded, the club has grown in number to become one of the top 20 clubs on campus. Aside from regular discussions on all things paranormal and our paranormal investigations team, we put on many events throughout the year.

Among the many events we put on (and continue to), our list includes various guest speakers from the paranormal field, semiyearly Divination fairs. Paranormal Jeopardy and our most notable week of events, Paranormal Awareness Week (PAW). Our annual PAW consists of an annual trip to salem, a Harvest Party, a lecture from the paranormal field, a divination fair and our Costume Ball. Our club also puts on an annual May Day event to celebrate Beltane. 


We are dedicated to the studying and understanding of the supernatural. Our main objectives as highlighted in our group's constitution include:

  1. To educate our peers in the paranormal and the supernatural.
  2. For our members to study and learn about the paranormal and supernatural.
  3. To go on investigations to determine whether or not a location contains paranormal activity.

Additionally, the Six Philosophies of PIRO are:

  1. Look at things critically
  2. Respect different beliefs
  3. Trust and respect other members
  4. Follow rules and respect authority
  5. Follow your intuitive skills
  6. Research and learn outside of the group.


As a team, we have investigated many residences and properties in the past with legal permission and without any repercussions. Everything is kept completely confidential and there are forms/ paperwork that will be filled out and signed to not only protect us and the owners, but to have thorough documentation of the investigation. Any evidence found will not be publicly shared, unless written consent is given from the owners to share it. Nothing in the property will be tampered with or destroyed. We always go about our work in a very professional way.

We will investigate any location within surrounding or nearby by states including (but not limited to): Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and Pennsylvania

We've investigated many locations including John Zaffis' Museum, Paine House, Lizzie Borden House, Bobby Mackey's Music World, and several other residences and businesses. 

Here is a list of just a few locations we've investigated: (due to contractual reasons, we are required to keep some locations anonymous)

  • Ashland, MA - Private Business - January 1, 2006 (revisited August 4, 2008)
  • Simsbury, CT - Private Business - April 2, 2006
  • Brookfield, CT - Private Business - March 8, 2008
  • Stratford, CT - John Zaffis' Museum - February 2, 2011 
  • Middletown, NJ - Private Residence - December 7, 2011
  • Plymouth, MA - Private Buisiness - October 5, 2o12
  • Jim Thorpe, PA - Private Business - October 20, 2012 (revisited March 9, 2013)
  • Orange, CT - Private Residence - April 26, 2013
  • Derby, CT - Sterling Opera House - February 28, 2014
  • Coventry, RI - Paine House - May 25, 2015
  • Fall River, MA - Lizzie Borden House - February 25, 2016
  • Licking Pike, KY - Bobby Mackey's Music World - December 4, 2016

Winner of the 2013 Outstanding Student Organization

PIRO has recieved the Undergraduate Student Government Assosciation's (USGA) award for Oustanding Student Organization of the Year for the 2012-2013 academic year. This award is given every year to the organization that makes an outstanding contribution to campus events as well as the surrounding community. PIRO also maintained their position in the House in USGA by hosting and co-sponsoring over 30 events this year. We also held many community service events such as a Masquerade Ball and bake sale, which raised over $300 for Habitat for Humanity.


You can read our constitution and bylaws to see more on how we operate by clicking the links below:
  • Constitution (Regarding membership requirements, meetings, code of conduct, etc.)
  • Bylaws (Rules and Guidelines for Investigations, Investigators, and Investigator Trainees)

Investigative Equipment

Below are just some of the equipment we use during an investigation: 
  • Flashlights
  • Notepads
  • KII meters
  • Digital audio recorders
  • Mel-meters (EMF and Ambient Temperature meters)
  • Infrared thermometers
  • Two way radios
  • IR night-vision video camera
  • Night-vision camcorder
  • Digital cameras
  • Full Spectrum Glasses
  • Spirit Box

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