Flowing Water And The Paranormal

Many reports of paranormal activity can be sourced to a flowing river or stream.  What does flowing water and the paranormal have in common?  In many river beds and streams are minerals such as limestone, quartz, and iron pyrite (aka. fools gold.)  These are very good storers of electromagnetic energy.  When you add flowing water to the mix, it becomes a battery.  The water acts as a conductor that brings forth the natural EMF stored in the minerals and emits it unto it’s surroundings.  And as we know, EMF is the key source of energy that is consumed by a ghost in order to exist and manefest.  The Mississippi, being the largest river in the united states, is a great example of this effect.  Many locations along this river have reported paranormal activity.  One of the most famous is the Myrtles Plantation.  In some Native American lore, water is the gateway in which the spirit enters and leaves this world.  They believed that flowing waters created a vortex, or a portal in which spirits can enter, both good and evil.  So the next time you are near a river or stream, think to yourself, there could be a ghost nearby.

written by: Stephen Danielsen

Renovations and the Paranormal

Many times we have received requests for investigations where people report activity in their home that was not apparent until they started a renovation project.  What do renovations and the paranormal have in common?  Well, you are changing the physical surroundings of a spirit that may be dormant.  By doing this you spark it’s curiosity and sometimes anger it.  Like some people, some spirits resist change.  Also the energy expelled from doing the work is enough to awaken residual energies that had otherwise fizzled out.  The activity can range from bumps and bangs, voices, shadows, apparitions, to being physically pushed or hit.  So the next time you do a project on your home and start experiencing strange things, you may have awaken a ghost.

Written by: Stephen Danielsen

The possible dangers of investigating the paranormal

Clients – the human factor.
Oftentimes the most dangerous thing you’ll face in an investigation will be clients themselves. Remember that you and your fellow team members are volunteering to walk into a stranger’s home who you do not know. Many clients and those claiming to experience paranormal problems are susceptible to mental illness, drug addiction, alcoholism or other factors. You may find yourself in their home and completely at risk.  Many clients may be experiencing psychological duress from the spirits that may haunt them. There may be partial or full possession, depression and other factors you may become aware of after you are at the location. You need to use caution at all times.

When you stick your head in the spirit world, it may follow you home and disrupt your life. Many investigators deal with sudden urges and obsessions, a sudden onset of mental illness, intense times of depression and spiritual oppression. Your family may suffer attacks from the spirit world. Your life may suddenly be filled with traumatic events or unexplained accidents. You may find yourself physically ill and sick with no medical cause or explanation.

During investigations if you experience a spiritual contact you may pick up on and feel the emotions and memories of another entity. Feelings of anger, rage, sorrow as well as memories that are not yours.

Spirit communication
EVPs – any time you are attempting to collect or play EVPs you may be welcoming the spirit world to affect your life. In the same way that a ouiji board or séance opens a door to communication with the spirit world, the simple act of asking questions of a spirit in an EVP session can open the same doors. In playing back EVPs, the vibrations of the spirit voices captured often attracts other spirits. Many times novice investigators will play back the EVPs they’ve just captured while walking back to their vehicles. The spirits whose voices they’ve captured find a valid reason to follow them home in their vehicles. It is recommended that you listen to your recordings after leaving a haunted location in order to prevent hitch hikers. Upon leaving a haunted location every investigator should make a statement that they do not give permission for any spirits to follow them home. This should be done multiple times to help ensure that nothing tags alone, follows you home and essentially disrupts you life.

Television and media portray provoking entities in exchange for evidence, on a frequent basis. This is dangerous. Provoking a spirit can lead to a spirit attack. You should treat all spirits with respect. This is common sense. Put yourself in the spirits position. If I was in the spirit world and you walked into my home and provoked me, in order to capture your evidence, I would be upset and probably follow you home and disrupt your life as much as I could.

Never use Ouiji board, séances, magic or witchcraft during an investigation, as you may put everyone present at risk. Even professional mediums and psychics using these spiritual communication methods during investigations have shut them down after something evil slipped through. These methods have been attributed to most high level hauntings, inhuman and demonic cases that are referred to clergy and demonologists.

These are just a few of the possible dangers of the paranormal.  Exploring the paranormal can be a fun and rewarding hobby, but it can also be dangerous.  Do research. Be prepared just in case you find yourself one day facing the Dangers of the Paranormal.

Skellington Manor Investigation

On January 30, 2010, at 6:30 pm MVP was given the chance to perform an investigation at Skellington Manor, the former Masonic Temple in Rock Island, IL.

We met with Kimmy a friend of Mike and Penni Steen, whom are owners of Skellington Manor. Kim took members of the team through the building and showed them the different floors and told of reports of activity. Members split up into 2 teams. Team 1 was Diana, Jordan, and Becky and team 2 was Bob, Steve, and Stephanie. Team 1 stayed on the main floor while team 2 went to the 4th floor. Throughout the night, teams alternated floors and tried to hit all of the reported activity spots.The following are personal experiences that were reported by team members.

Steve writes this: Stephanie, Bob, our escort, and myself were in the process of investigating the 4th floor of Skellington manor. This floor has been considered a hot spot by the client. There were many animatronic horror displays left from the Halloween haunted house that the manor holds every year. We were doing an EVP session, and I had my IR camcorder pointed down a narrow hallway that was used by staff to get from room to room. I could see the wall at the end of the hallway, then all of a sudden a shadow slipped in from left to right, blocking out the end of the hallway. I panned my camera back and forth a little to make sure I just didn’t move the camera from it’s original position. I could see nothing, it was totally blocked out. I mentioned to the group that I could not see the end of the hallway anymore, then the camera refocused and cleared to reveal the wall again. I said to the group that I could see again, and BOOM! Something hit the camera, jolting it sideways. Of course I was excited about what just happened, and a little uneasy. Did whatever hit my camera hit it out of anger, or by accident in passing? I tend to think it was the latter, because nothing felt or seemed malevolent the whole night. All I knew is something that I could not see hit my camera. There was nothing there to bump the camera against, and I was holding the thing as still as possible. I was able to catch the shadow, and the sound of the hit on video and audio. Later that night, we had finished the investigation and had started to break down. ,I along with Stephanie, Jordan and Bob returned to the 4th floor to get Bob’s camera. We were standing in the same area where the event with my camera took place, when I looked over Stephanie’s shoulder to see a dark shadow that was shaped like the head and shoulders of a person move through the room behind her. The room in question was what we called the meat locker. It was a room in which body bags hung from the haunted house along with some fake body parts on the wall. Whatever I saw blocked out the body parts on the wall as it strolled by. I did not mention anything right away as I thought it may have been a trick of the eyes, when Stephanie mentioned seconds after I saw this, that she had felt something brush by her, hitting her hand along the way. We looked into the room to notice one of the fake body bags swinging slightly back and forth, as if something had brushed it walking by. We unfortunately did not have any equipment with us at this time, so it just became a personal experience. These are two experiences I will never forget. I honestly believe there is something to this place.

Diana writes, as for personal experiences, I can’t say that I had any except for Jordan and I possibly seeing a shadow down the end of the hall when we were in the locker room on the 4th floor.

Steph wrote, My personal experiences…

I heard some noises in response to our questions around the time in which Steve saw some distortion in his camera and before it was hit. I felt there was more than one entity around us at that time. The two guys there thought they heard what sounded like a wind chime but I did not hear it. When we went into the other room a curtain that our guide said had been closed earlier during our walk-thru was now open. There had been no one up there between those times. Towards the end of the night while me, Stephen, Bob, and Jordan were tearing down Bob’s equipment, I was speaking to the group about various horror movies and just basic conversation when I suddenly thought I saw something move very close to me in the corner of my eye. I also felt a breeze and a sensation that something had just passed me very close and very quickly. I whipped my head around to look in the direction in which it was going but saw nothing. I was standing in the doorway between the execution room and body bag room. I felt that whatever it was went from the execution room and around me into the body bag room.

Beckys report of personal experiences included unexplained noises and a possible shadow across the wall in the locker room. The group had a fantastic time investigating this historic building and trying to validate the existing claims of activity.

The following are photos that were taken at Skellington Manor. Photos do not claim to be paranormal.


Old Lockers
Unexplained glow by the Chucky room.
Something manifesting next to Becky??
Check out the circled areas
Preparing to investigate
Jordan and Diana meet one of the residents

Visitation time for Steve and Stephanie
Bob and some friends
Steve and Jordan



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Can Ghosts Follow You Home

A question often asked of paranormal investigators is, “Can a ghost follow you home.”  The answer to this question is, yes.  A ghost can follow you if it feels some sort of connection to you.  In some cases, ghosts are despirate.  They will latch themselves onto anyone they feel might be able to help them.  One thing.  As an investigator, I would caution others to never ask inviting questions.  Examples:  “How can I help you?” “Do you need help?” “Follow me.”  By doing this you are inviting an otherwise despirate ghost to you, because it now thinks you can help it.  A demonic spirit attaches itself to a specific person, so therefore wherever that person goes, the entity goes as well.  Demonics are one of many spirits capable of following you.  So be warned!  If you don’t like the idea of ghosts following you around, stay away from inviting questions, the occult, or attempting to make some kind of personal connection with a spirit.

Written by: Stephen Danielsen

Davenport Home Investigation #2

On Feb. 6th ,  2010 a team that consisted of  4 MVP investigators paid a
revisit to a davenport home we affectionately call “the house of
clocks.”  Investigators included Becky, Bob, Jordan, and Steve.  Upon
arriving we had gone over the client’s journal  of events which she was
asked to keep.  The client said that the home had been fairly quiet since
our last visit except for still seeing the grey mist in the bedroom, and
hearing some bumps and bangs once in a while.  After the clients left, we
gathered up our gear and set off to the bedroom, a considered hot spot from
our last investigation.  Many questions were asked with what seemed like a
few bumps and knocks in response.  We did note that many of the  mechanical
clocks in the home do make a slight thump before they chime, also the
furnace ducts make thumping noises from expanding and contracting.  What
was strange is some of the knocks came in response to questioning.
     Many of the knocks were heard by Jordan who was sitting in the
adjacent bathroom which is right off the bedroom.  She claimed that they
were coming from within the walls.  This could have been water piping, but
no water was running at the time.  Jordan also claimed to have felt cold
breezes in the bathroom as well which were later debunked as air moving
through the skylight.  Steve claimed to have seen some shadow activity
toward the closet and  bedroom door, but was not caught on video.  After
completing our EVP session in the bedroom, we had decided to take a break
and change batteries.  Steve had left his digital recorder running in the
bedroom alone.  Bob decided to go back into the bedroom alone to place a
recorder in there as well.  While placing the recorder somewhere near the
dresser, a loud and clear EVP was caught on Steve’s recorder.  We believe
the EVP says “Don’t touch that!!!”  This was the only EVP caught that
night.  What is strange about it is the voice sounds similar to an EVP
caught on our first investigation of the home.  That EVP was not included
in the first report, due to further analysis, but has been included in this
report for comparison.   We then regrouped and investigated the living
room, kitchen, and sun porch areas of the home.  Steve noticed that some of
his audio had strangely been deleted, could have been a malfunction with
the recorder.  Bob also reported having lost audio, which makes this even
     We concluded our investigation and packed up around 10:00pm.  In
analysis we found that we did not catch any of the residual voices that
were found on the first investigation.  A couple of strange pictures still
being  questioned by the group are included.  No real video evidence to
speak of.  What we have included is that there may be a presence still in
the home of what we believe to be an elderly man.  How he got there still
remains a mystery being the fact that the condos are only about 7or 8 years
old.  This presence seems to show intelligence due to it’s response to
questions, and to Bob’s actions that night.  We don’t believe him to be
malevolent in nature, nor do we believe he poses any threat at this time to
the home owners.  He may be merely confused.  Due to lack of activity and
further evidence we cannot say for sure that the home is haunted, only that
there could be an intelligent presence in the home.  Due to this
possibility the case status remains open.


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*Photos do not claim to be proof of paranormal activity and are
posted purely for entertainment.

Zoom H2 in action

Tips to Capture EVP Audio Recordings

EVP recordings can sometimes be difficult to capture clearly on tape. Use these  tips to capture the best possible recording.
When you first begin to record at a location, make note of the date, time and location. Also, if you are going to be moving from room to room, or floor to floor be sure to mention it aloud. This will help you remember where you were when you process your recordings later.

Many new investigators get discouraged or frustrated by whispered or faint EVP. One thing that may (or may not) help would be to ask the spirits to please speak as loudly as they can.

When using a digital recorder,  it has been  found that an external microphone actually INCREASES the amount of static recorded. So, if you have a digital recorder, you may want to *avoid* using an external microphone.

Keep conversation between yourself and other members of your team to a minimum. When you talk, speak clearly and in a normal tone of voice. Never whisper. This will help you distinguish between human voices, and a real EVP audio recording.

Do NOT use the voice activation feature available on some models of recorders. It starts recording AFTER sound begins, which means an EVP can be cut off, or completely missed.  Many EVP’s are too quiet to be picked up by the voice activation feature.

Mississippi Valley Paranormal at Festival Of Trees

For the first time, MVP has entered a tree in the Festival of Trees that is currently taking place in Davenport at the River Center 136 E. 3rd St.  http://www.quadcityarts.com/festoftrees.asp

Team Member Sarah Knowlton is the designer for the tree. The theme for the tree is A Christmas Carol. The tree is split into 3 different decorated sections- Past, Present, and Future. Pictures of the tree can be seen, at MVPs facebook page at:


Davenport, Iowa Home December 12, 2009

MVP was contacted, in November,  by the daughter of a woman that had been experiencing unexplained activity in her home. This woman had enough of the activity and now wanted answers.

A phone interview was conducted with the homeowner and the following activity was reported from the daughter and her mother:

They have lived in the house, located in Davenport  for five years. She was in their bathroom and a cat picture (that hangs above the cat box) was fine.  She turned away for a minute or so to do whatever, looked back and the picture was covered in sticky stuff and ash. Her husband  even asked what happened to it.  She said that  things happen every day but nothing as tragic as being pushed (she had to go to physical therapy three times a week after that as she was pushed hard into a wall), cats dying, health problems, etc.  The biggest nuisance are things coming up missing and then resurfacing a few days later.     She has seen a  ‘mist’ toward the ceiling at night in the bedroom.  Things come up missing, especially her jewerly.  She told me about her watch that always comes up missing.  She will go to get it, it’s not there and then it will resurface a few days later in the spot where she had been looking.  She had the same experience with a ring.  She went to go get it, not there and a few days later there it was right on top of the jewerly box.    Stuff has moved on it’s own.  Jars in the pantry will fall off even though the jars are not close to the edge.  Last Easter she knew she put egg dye in the kitchen, couldn’t find it until she went into the bathroom and there it was and she had not been in the bathroom previously.  A heavy clock managed to fall off a table one night and shattered (too heavy for a cat to knock off).  There was black ash stuff in the hall bathroom all over the walls.  One time she went to take clothes out of the washer and cardboard was in there with the clothes!  She said it was like someone had put a cardboard box in the washer.  She cleaned it out and threw it away in the garage.  The next night after getting home from dinner, dried cardboard was all over the house.  The next time she washed, there were quite a few paper clips in with the clothes.  Not long ago,  she wasn’t able to open a door, the handle just wouldn’t turn.  The computer always stops working as well as television problems when the husband is out of town. She was pushed across the room, almost pushed down a flight of stairs and felt something push her when she was on a ladder. She said the last strange thing that happened was some garland disappeared from the fireplace area (it was hanging over the fireplace).  She found it about 5 feet away wrapped up.

On December 12th, MVP arrived at the home to conduct the investigation. A walk through took place and equipment was brought in. The team of Becky, Bryce, Bob, Jordan, Stephanie, Steve, and Sarah left to get supper and then returned to set up equipment and begin the investigation. Control experiments were set up, with a watch and ring being set on a piece of paper and outlined to monitor any movement that might happen. Cat toys had been brought by several members to see if they could illicit any responses, since the homeowner feels that what is there does not like cats. Members  split up into two teams with team 1 being  Steve, Bob, and Jordan that started their investigation in the homeowners bedroom, and team 2 being  Becky, Sarah, and Steph that started their investigation in the kitchen area. Bryce remained stationary monitoring the camera that was set up in the bedroom, to catch any possible movement of objects, mists, or shadows.

The team in the kitchen proceeded to do an EVP session. During that time Becky reported seeing shadows numerous times. All 3 members heard an unexplained noise that sounded like a whisper and also heard a knock.

The team in the bedroom conducted an EVP session as well. During their session, there were numerous reports of shadows, EMF going off, cold spots, unexplained sounds, heavy feelings,  and breaks in the lazer beam. This is Bobs account of what he experienced: While sitting on a chair in the bathroom, adjacent to the master bedroom, my EMF detector picked up a very high magnetic field that seemed to be of a circular pattern and focused around the area where I was sitting. The EMF meter was too far from any electrical outlets to register the residential power and no other electronic devices were in my possesion at the time. After about 2-3  minutes the EMF meter decreased down to zero and did not pick up any more readings in that area-nor could I find any readings in that area at all. Also a number of knocks were heard in the presence of the home owners daughter prior to equipment setup and investigation. Jordan reported a heavy feeling several times and also noted the area getting dark and then lighter.

After about 40 minutes the teams switched rooms and continued their investigation.

The members decided to stay together for the next part of the investigation and all went to the lower level to conduct their investigation. During this time, the motion detector seemed to light up several times, with no known reason for it.

The investigation concluded with the members conducting a short EVP session in the living room area. The teams reported very few personal experiences.

The following audio is being submitted as EVPs that we could not explain.


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that’s freaky I love it enhancedBob reacting to the EMF spike

Raaar sound


help me sound


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stephanies whisper

Because of the personal experiences and amount of audio captured, MVP feels that this home warrants another investigation.

Case Open