Walcott, Iowa Private Home – May 16, 2020

MVP was contacted by a homeowner about unusual activity occurring at a home they recently purchased and started renovating. The homeowner reported the following to MVP:

  • The house was built in 1865.
  • House was purchased in January 2020 and under renovation ever since. 3 days after the house was closed on, the owner and a friend were in the house at night and heard a loud bang followed by what sounded like a man in work boots walking back and fourth through the kitchen to the living room.
  • The owner was in the house alone and heard something fall upstairs along with foot steps; went up there and nothing was on the ground.
  • Owner’s father-in-law was working in the basement and heard a kid running around bouncing a ball upstairs during the day and went up there and saw nothing then went back into the basement. Then heard a slamming door from upstairs in kitchen and went up there and didn’t see anything.
  • The owner has seen a shadow figure go from the basement, through the kitchen, and disappear into the mudroom.
  • The owner’s dog came to see the house and he refused to go inside and when he was in the house he, was shaking, getting low to the ground, tail in between his legs, and just wanting to leave.
  • The owner always feels like someone is watching her in the house.

MVP arrived at the home around 7:00PM with members Bryce, Tony, Ashley, and two guest investigators in attendance.

An environmental sweep indicated there were no high electromagnetic fields or unusual temperatures in the home. It was noted that the house is completely gutted as they are renovating the premises.

Following a tour of the home and brief interview, the investigation commenced at 7:18PM, with the client remaining with the team.

The Investigation

Equipment used consisted of two voice recorders, a 360-degree audio recorder, full-spectrum video camera, infrared temperature gun, EMF detector, two K2 meters, and a digital SLR camera. Due to the nature of renovation going on, the main floor of the house had a large battery-powered shop light as the main light source of the main floor.

The team started investigating on the second floor with the home owner present. At 7:37PM, while on the second floor, an unexplained knock was heard by all. At 8:06PM, Tony’s K2 sensor went off at the same time that the home owner said something grabbed her ankle. At 8:07PM, the home owner, Bryce, and a guest investigator noted a sharp drop in temperature. At 8:09PM, Ashley heard a disembodied breath that was captured on audio. At 8:11PM, a sound similar to a dog whimper was heard by a guest investigator and Ashley. At 8:12PM, Tony, Bryce, and the home owner heard and felt a rumble-like sound, with no source. While investigating the basement, at 8:24PM, Bryce and a guest investigator reported a possible shadow moving left to right by the furnace. While isolating on the main floor, Tony reported a disembodied voice at 8:29PM. At 8:37PM, the team took a short break, leaving the premises but left audio recorders running. The team returned at 8:51, with Tony, the home owner, a friend of the owner, and one of the guest investigators going to the garage. Bryce and the other guest investigator went to the second floor, and Ashley stayed on the main floor with the home owner’s mother. At 9:00PM, everyone in the garage heard a scream that couldn’t be explained; Tony also heard tapping on the garage door that moved. Following this, the home owner and company left, leaving the team to the house. At 9:27PM, while investigating in the main room, Ashley asked if whatever was in the house to bake a cake, and the battery-powered shop light dimmed significantly, and eventually lost all power, despite it having a new battery. The investigation wrapped a little after 10PM.


“7:37PM – Knock”

A knock heard on the second floor by everyone.


“8:09PM -Disembodied Breath”

An unexplained breath heard by Ashley.


“8:11PM – A Dog Whimper”

A whimpering sound heard by a guest investigator and Ashley.


“8:47PM – Footsteps While Alone”

While the home was empty, the 360 recorder captured 3 distinct footsteps.


“9:27PM – The Light Dims”

While asking whatever was there to bake a cake, the battery-powered light dimmed.



While we weren’t able to substantiate all the claims of the homeowners, we did capture and experience a few things to make us believe that there is some sort of paranormal activity occurring in the house. The renovations occurring on the house are likely causing the activity to manifest and amplify, as this is a well-documented source. A theory that was floated around was there could possibly be a female presence, as the home owner indicated that most of the activity seems to center around the kitchen and with the age of the home, would make sense. We are hoping to return at a later date with a bigger group to try to hopefully pinpoint the cause of the activity and help the homeowner and her family live in peace.

Case Status: OPEN


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Camanche, IA Private Home – June 23, 2018

MVP was contacted by a concerned homeowner about various unexplained activity going on in her and her boyfriend’s home. Some of the claimed activity included:

• Loud thuds that shake the whole house that happens often in the 10-11pm hour (many times at 10:47pm) with no explanation.
• Watched as shower items pushed off of lower shower shelf
• Remote for TV moved from love seat armrest mid-air, moved out horizontally 3 feet mid-air, then dropped to the floor
• Front door creaked shut slowly, then slammed extremely forcefully, shaking the house
• Entryway light swaying without any explanation
• Left phone in hallway to record during one night of activity, caught an EVP of a voice saying “Ring, ring, ring” without any TV or radio on.

A team consisting of Becky, Bryce, Diana, Amanda, Tony, and Ashley arrived at the house at 7PM to conduct a full investigation of the property to provide answers the homeowners. An interview and tour were conducted, and the team was able to listen to the EVP captured by the homeowner, and we can confirm that it does sound like a voice saying “ring, ring, ring.” After the homeowners left the premises, Bryce conducted a room-by-room temperature and EMF sweep, noting no unusual readings or spikes.

The Investigation

The investigation commenced around 8PM and several pieces of equipment were employed, including multiple voice recorders, cell sensors, and three K2 meters. There were several attempts to debunk many of the claims, but we were unable to do so. There was a lot of unusual activity with the K2’s as all of them were spiking all night long. We ruled out our cellphones as these are known to interfere with the K2’s. However, the K2’s were not spiking in predictable patterns and we were unable to discover the source.

We waited until the claimed 10:47PM to see if we could experience the house-shaking thud, but unfortunately, the sound did not occur. Following this, the house was quiet until the investigation was called around 11:20PM.

The following personal experiences were noted by the investigators:

Bryce – Heard some strange sounds in the basement, including what sounded like a scream that I captured on audio; can’t fully explain it, but can’t say it’s paranormal either. Caught a couple other unusual sounds in the basement but beyond that, it was a pretty quiet, uneventful night.

Becky – Only thing was I witnessed the unusual K2 activity, but had to leave the investigation early.

Tony – I witnessed the K2 activity, but also heard was sounded like a breath or exhale very close to me in the basement, which was also heard by Ashley but was not captured. Also had a chill on my back that was confirmed by an infrared thermometer.

Amanda – Throughout the evening we did try to debunk several of the claims of the family of different activity reported. I attempted jumping on the landing by the stairs to see if it would move the hanging pendent light above the entry way that the family has reported they have seen swinging. We also tried slamming the front door (which we were not able to actually slam shut because the door fit is tight) and this did not replicate the swinging. We were able to easily hear voices of neighbors outside of the home during our visit but I did not hear any of this on my own audio recordings.
We had numerous instances of K-2 meter activity. When one meter was set on the counter/ledge in the kitchen, several different times the meter did light up. The same thing happened when the meter was set by the table lamp in the living room corner. There were also several spots on the floor in the living room where K-2 activity was noted. It was not consistent and difficult to replicate. It didn’t necessarily seem like any kind of intelligent response but I also could not duplicate the circumstances to get the same result.
While in the basement I did hear a breath several times but did not have my personal audio recorder with me. I also did think I heard a voice several times while in the basement.

Ashley – No real experiences, except for seeing the K2 meters going off and hearing the breath in the basement with Tony.

Diana – I also didn’t experience anything out of the ordinary except for seeing the K2 meter going crazy.


“9:46PM – Faint Basement Sound”

The sound is barely audible, and may not be anything paranormal.


“9:52PM – Basement Scream”

This was heard by Bryce in the basement, and subsequently caught on audio. Though it could possibly be audio matrixing since someone was walking around upstairs when it was caught, the sound seemed out of place.



This was caught on Becky’s recorder, a distinct answer to her question.


Evidence review revealed only a few things that were not fully explainable. Based on our experiences and the evidence caught, we cannot definitively say either way if paranormal activity is occurring in the home. We will be keeping in contact with the homeowners and will reinvestigate should the need arise.

Case Status: OPEN

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Steele Mansion, Hartville, MO – November 18, 2017

SteeleMansion1By Sally Jacobs

MVP Southern Missouri

Background and Reported Activity

The Steele Mansion sits on a bluff overlooking Hartville Missouri. The property is rich in history and with local legends surrounding this mysterious masterpiece investigator Sally Jacobs reached out to the owner Arita Bohannan with curiosity as to the paranormal activity in the home.

In 1863 the property served as the headquarters for the confederacy during the Civil War. The Battle of Hartville was fought on the front lawn of the Steele Mansion and resulted in more than 100 deaths. The house was built in 1890 in the shape of a crucifix. There have been several deaths in the house in the downstairs bedroom and gentlemen’s parlor.

Reports of paranormal activity include orbs in photographs, people have heard the voice of a young child, and the water in the master bath turns on by itself.


The temperature upon arrival was 44 degrees with winds blowing between 13-22 mph. The moon phase was new moon.


MVP arrived at a local restaurant at 5PM with members Terry Enright, Tony Caudill, Sally Jacobs, Lisa C. and Rhonda G. in attendance. We had a meeting about the history of the location and the activity that has been experienced at the location. After a tour of the home the investigation commenced around 7:30 PM.

Equipment Setup

The Command Center was set up in the lady’s parlor, with Terry doing data entry and time keeping. In the building there were 5 audio recorders, 2 e.m.f. detectors, Geiger counter, 2-night vision camcorders, and a GoPro camera.

Experiments Performed

Era specific music was played and a Q & A session with a Geiger counter was performed.

Personal Experiences

In the Blue Room both Tony and Terry heard what sounded like conversations coming from outside. Another investigator went to verify there was no one in the vicinity. Lisa saw what appeared to be a small shadow walking to house from outside, she assumed it was a child who was staying at the house. It was verified that owners had not yet returned but the outdoor motion light had been triggered. Sally and Terry both noted seeing a small fast shadow moving in multiple locations.

Evidence Collected

Audio clips captured on 5 different recording devices of voices not belonging to any investigators including that of a young girl. It was also noted that interesting sounds of deep bass were captured, not from any outside source. A clip of a possible cat was recorded as well, no cats were on the premises.  Video clip of Geiger counter experiment was sent to an electrical engineer who verified that the counter would not react in that manner under ordinary circumstances.


MVP was very excited to have the opportunity to investigate a house with so much interesting history. It was a pleasure to meet the family who had put so much heart into restoring this gem in the community. We believe there are peaceful spirits that still call Steele Mansion home. We would love to have the opportunity to investigate this house again.

Case Status: OPEN


We are planning a second investigation at Steele Mansion after the first of the year.

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Ridge Crest Hotel West Plains, MO – November 25, 2017


By Sally Jacobs

MVP Southern Missouri

Background and Reported Activity

An employee of the hotel contacted MVP through Facebook. She explained some of the activity and gave the property owners contact information to MVP. Sally called the owner Toni Wineinger and she stated that employees had experienced disembodied voices and items falling in the kitchen. There was reports of creepy feelings in the hallway by the kitchen, the storage room, women’s restroom, and the lounge which is currently close to the public. There seems to be an overwhelming fear as the owners have had multiple employees quit from the activity that has been happening. Owner Toni has also stated another paranormal team had investigated and found the place to be haunted.



The temperature upon arrival was 28 degrees with 8 mph winds. The moon phase was first quarter moon.


MVP arrived at Ridge Crest Hotel at 6PM with members Sally Jacobs, Lisa C, and Rhonda G in attendance. The owner Toni had arranged meeting with another paranormal group that had previously investigated the location. This group claimed to have been scratched, caught EVP’s with derogatory name calling, equipment failure, battery drain, spirit box communication, smells of sulfur and perfume, hearing growls, orb activity, and a sense that a negative entity was present. They also felt that there was a protective female spirit on the premises.

We also met with two if the hotel employees including kitchen staff and a maintenance man who had experienced disembodied voices, knocking on the wall near them, and hearing growls.

The investigation commenced at 7:24 PM.

Equipment Setup

The Command Center was set up in the dining room, with Lisa doing data entry and time keeping. In the building there were 3 audio recorders, 1 e.m.f. detector, 1 Geiger counter, photography equipment, a camcorder, gopro action camera, and 2 IR night vision cameras.

Experiments Performed

Music of a specific genre, and era were played. Evp sessions were performed using e.m.f. detector and Geiger counter.

Personal Experiences


While in the storage room Rhonda, Lisa, and Sally heard a very loud crashing sound. Upon investigation we found that several large roasting pan lids had fallen from the counter in the kitchen on to the floor. We also notice the furnace had kicked on and was blowing rather aggressively as Lisa stated it was blowing her hair. We collectively agreed the movement of the air combined with the way the pans were stacked could have caused them to fall.

Evidence Collected

Audio clips captured on three different recording devices of voices not belonging to any investigators. All photography equipment failed, photos were not recovered. 2 IR night vision cameras did not record anything. This equipment was new and had not been field tested. Investigators did experience battery drain.


MVP would like to investigate the location again. We have several e.v.p’s that are interesting, including an unheard voice calling our investigators “idiots”. With the equipment failure we experienced it would be imperative to duplicate that experience to rule out human error.

After the investigation Toni contacted MVP again to report a cereal container had flew off the refrigerator in a horizonal direction and landed about 4 feet away, a food cart had rolled up hill, and several plastic bread containers had popped their lids at the same time. Toni stated she was going to put out an audio recorder for MVP to review.

Case Status: OPEN


Clinton, IA Private Home – November 21, 2015

In August 2015 a client contacted MVP through Facebook looking for help. She stated that her family and friends have been experiencing multiple claims of activity.

The client reported having seen shadows walking, heard banging, footsteps, and voices. She also reported hearing a cat meowing that wasn’t there. Some of the other claims were that toys have moved when the children were asleep and that the clients’ children have a hard time sleeping as they wake up in the middle of the night screaming that there are shadow people in their rooms.

At 4:00 p.m. team members Becky Reid, Bryce Carlson, Stephanie Adams, Sally Jacobs, Amanda Peters, and Tony Caudill arrived at Pizza Ranch in Clinton, IA. We reviewed the case file and planned the investigation. We arrived at the location at 5:30 p.m. The clients gave a few of the members a tour of the home then we began the investigation approximately at 6:30 p.m.

The Investigation

A wireless night vision camera was set up with views of the main living area and hall way going to the bedrooms. An additional Sony HI8 was used and relocated throughout the home as needed. There were 7 audio recorders place throughout the home as well as a geophone placed in the hall were shadows were seen walking.

A toy was place in the hall to see if it would move as well as a penny in the basement clearly marked to see any changes in position.

Personal Experiences

Sally, Tony, and Amanda saw shadows moving in the far back workspace of the laundry room in the basement. Upstairs while in the living room Becky heard a cat meowing, heard voices and saw the geophone flash at the same time. While Stephanie was sitting in the girls’ bedroom she clearly heard a cat and two other members heard it as well.



We caught on audio two different clips of the cat who wasn’t there meowing and two EVP’s of a human voice.


“Cat 2”

“It’s a Girl”

“Creak/We’re Here”

Many of the members experienced the same phenomenon as the client had reported. Upon evidence reveal with the client we are able to confirm several of their claims. We are planning a second investigation in March of 2016.

Case Status: OPEN

Garner Hall, Camanche, IA – November 7, 2015

Garner Hall was built in Camanche Iowa in 1913. It was built on land donated by Martha Neesley who passed away on February 4th 1931. It was named by Mrs. Neesley after her deceased daughter May Garner Neesley. The building was the original town hall and was used for meetings, suppers, concerts, a play stage, and a movie theater. The town fire trucks used to be stored in the basement and when the bucket brigade was in need, they would ring the church bells.
Many groups used the building as a meeting hall including:
American Legion
Chamber of Commerce
Boy Scouts
Eastern Star
Lyons Club
Royal Neighbors
Modern Woodmen
Odd Fellows
The building currently is managed by the City of Camanche. It can be rented for a donation and is used for meetings, parties, and reunions. The basement now serves as a senior meal site. The City of Camanche plans on demolish Garner Hall in the near future and build a new community center on the property.

A member of MVP contacted Camanche City Hall to request permission to investigate Garner Hall as it is going to be demolished and replaced with a new community center in the near future. There was a report from a team members’ child that he saw a shadow figure in the building a few years ago.

MVP arrived at Garner Hall at 5PM with members Becky Reid, Bryce Carlson, Diana Smith, Sally Jacobs, Amanda Peters, and Tony Caudill in attendance. We had a meeting about best equipment placement and a discussion about best investigation practices for the location. The investigation commenced around 6PM.

The Investigation

The Command Center was set up in the upstairs kitchen, with Bryce doing data entry and time keeping. In the building there were 6 audio recorders, 3 e.m.f. detectors, a high 8 night shot video camera, and a 4 camera night vision DVR system.

Sally drove around the building with headlights on to induce shadow play from light through the windows.

Personal Experiences

In the upstairs main room, Becky, Diana, and Sally noticed random K2 and EMF meter activity during casual conversation. Becky saw a flashing light on the DVR monitor from the camera in the basement level that was played back for Bryce, Amanda, and Sally. The anomaly was unexplained. Sally and Tony both noticed small flashes of light along the north wall of the main room; some traveling up the stairs to the kitchen area.



Audio clips captured on two different recording devices of a voice not belonging to any investigators. Video clip of the camera image completely blocked out, anomaly could not be explained.

“Unknown Voice”

“Unknown Voice Captured on Different Recorder”

“Unknown Voice Amplified”



MVP went into this investigation with no expectations; just the honor of investigating one of the city’s oldest properties. We are thankful to the City of Camanche for letting us conduct the investigation.
With the lack of activity and little evidence collected at this location it does not warrant an additional investigation.

Case Status: CLOSED

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