Paranormal investigator Keith Johnson is a co-founder of New England Anomolies Research and Investigation (N.E.A.R.). Together with co-founder and wife Sandra Johnson, Johnson has over thirty years of experience dealing with paranormal topics and investigations. Johnson also works as a lay demonologist and with his team of paranormal investigators, assists individuals and families with cases of possible malevolent spirits, hauntings and/or possible demonic oppression and possession. N.E.A.R. assists individuals and families in the New England area.
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Johnson and his wife have also appeared on A&E Television Network's Paranormal State to assist members of the Paranormal Research Society with paranormal investigations involving possible malevolent paranormal activity. The couple also co-host the Ghost R Near television show which broadcasts at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Wednesdays in Rhode Island.
Eppig: As a demonologist, do you believe in a literal Devil? What is demonic energy?
Johnson: Yes, I do believe in the personification of the Devil. Demonic energy stems from the Devil, as well as individual spirits, each with their own distinct personality, yet joined together for their united Satanic purpose.
Eppig: How does demonic energy manifest itself in the human world? What do you think attracts demonic energy?
Johnson: Demonic energy manifests itself globally, in wars and pestilence. However, it can also be more subtle, such as individuals oppressed to commit horrendous, destructive acts... both to themselves and others.
Eppig: Do you believe that an increased interest in demonology and Satanism has created more cases of demonic possession? If there are other factors, what do you believe those factors are?
Johnson: A quick Internet search will reveal that interest in both demonology and Satanism has dramatically escalated. However, I would not say that it has significantly increased actual cases of demonic possession. Rather, I would say that people who are suggestible tend to give credence to the possibility that they are demonically possessed, when in fact they may not be.
On the other hand, those who do have legitimate problems with demonic oppression and even possession might be less hesitant to seek out available help. About 15 to 20 years ago, or even as recently as 10 years ago, the majority of people dealing with demonic oppression or possession might fear being ridiculed and labeled delusional at best. Now, because there are so many others out there relating similar experiences, people seem to be more readily seeking help.
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