Edinburgh Manor Investigation
This building was built in 1911. It housed people of all ages with chronic mental illnesses. Before this building was the Jones County Poor Farm building that was there 1850-1910. Records show that 80+ people died during that time. The property was purchased in 2011 by owners that wish their names to remain private.
Website: Edinburgh Manor Facebook Page
Reported Hauntings: Previous investigations have reports of flashlights turning on, on command, singing, female voices, whistling, a plate flying across the room, being grabbed, and numerous EVPs being captured.
Weather: Clear skies and a temperature of 37 degrees outdoors and average of 65 in the building.
Equipment Setup: Command center was set up in the main room with the long table, on the first floor. Stationary cam was set on a tripod in the first floor hallway, facing right from command central. A digital voice recorder was placed in room 100 while going on the walk through and upon hearing claims that it was an active location. The Truth Trap Cam was set up on the second floor, right by the staircase facing east down the hallway. A second stationary cam was set up in the same hallway, facing west.
There were several voice recorders carried by members throughout the night. A full spectrum camera was used by Steve. Members also used cell sensors, K2 meter, SP7 spirit box, and real time audio.
EM pumps were set up in room 100 1st floor and in 4 other locations throughout the building.
Experiments Performed: EVP recording sessions took place throughout the building, lazer grid on 2nd floor hallway and in billiard room, flashlight experiment, spirit box in room 100 and a room on the 2nd floor. Flashlight experiment was also conducted in the dining hall in the basement. We used pill bottles and syringes as trigger objects.
Bryce: “While myself and Steve were in the building alone on the second floor setting up EMF pumps and the Truth Trap Cam, we both heard a chair slide across the floor. On the first floor in one of the rooms, myself and Diana kept seeing small pinpricks of light appearing and disappearing in pitch darkness, with no source. In the dining room, myself and Steve had activity with the flashlight experiment, seeming in response to questions. We also experienced a heaviness in the padded cell area. I also heard a female talking when we were gathered in command towards the end of the night that was not one of our investigators.”
Steve: “During walk-thru, I saw a dark shadow cross the hallway towards the staircase when on the second floor. I gave chase, and found nobody there but realized that this shadow did not pass through anything as it seemed to head directly for the stairs. While setting up a trap camera with Bryce on the second floor, both of us heard what sounded like a heavy chair sliding across the floor. When we ran down the steps to see what had happened, I noticed that a door that was previously propped open during walk-thru was now shut. We made many attempts to debunk it, but could not. I heard several disembodied female voices throughout the night, none of which were decipherable at the time. When on the second floor saw a shadow pass a doorway to a room across the hall from where we were. While in the dining hall with Bryce, I had witnessed some intelligent activity during a flashlight experiment in which said spirit was able to manipulate the flashlight to turn on and off. Unfortunately we had no video equipment with us at the time to document the event. While in the padded room I noticed a very heavy sensation to the point it made me nauseous and I had to get out.”
Becky: “Upon entering Edinburgh Manor, I experienced a slight uncomfortable feeling. During the walk through, I decided to stay in central command while the others toured the basement. I turned on my recorder to document my presence there. During that time, I repeatedly heard snapping type sounds but did not catch them on my recorder.”
“Andrea, Steve, Mandi and I were in room 100 doing an EVP session and ghost box session. I kept thinking I was seeing shadows in the hallway. At one time Mandi and I both reported seeing shadows and immediately after that we both felt a coldness. Numerous times throughout the night I thought I was hearing female voices and did capture some on my recorder. I also heard a whistle while on the 2nd floor and this was captured on audio. I heard what sounded like a giggle on the 1st floor.
While in the billiards room with Andrea, we both heard snapping type sounds come from the area of the barber chair and then later from the area of the easel. We then heard what sounded like paint chips in the hallway. All of this was captured on audio.”
Diana: “I heard a couple of female voices or screams but other than that, it was a pretty quiet night. I had my laser grid set up with Mandi on the second floor hallway but nothing unusual there. Heard some bangs while we were sitting in the hallway of the 2nd floor. I did hear what sounded like a couple of footsteps while in the billiard room.”
Mandi: “I saw a shadow in the doorway of room 100 on the first floor. Right after that I felt a chill. I also heard a female laugh while in that same room. On the second floor, while I was with Diana, I heard several distant noises that could not be identified. While walking around the area, I had an uneasy feeling when I passed ‘The Purple Room’. I did not enter the room because of the gut-reaction being near it gave me.”
Andrea: “I saw shadows at the women’s end of the first floor hall as we were sitting in the room at the end of the hall, as did Becky. I also thought I saw a head (shadow) poke around the doorway of the same room about 4 to 5 feet up, at about the door lock level. At that same time Mandi indicated she thought she saw something out of the corner of her eye & she was sitting just inside the door on the same side I saw the head. Later that night in a room just upstairs from this room, I believe it was the 2nd floor, I was sitting on the floor looking down the hallway & could see the light being blocked out of the window in the room at the opposite end of the hall way. I ask Steve & Becky to look & they indicated that they saw the same thing. We watched it for a few minutes & then decided we needed to go investigate. It was a clear night & we couldn’t figure out what could have been blocking out the light as there were no tree near enough to the building to be causing the effect. Also in the billiards room I asked for a knock & “someone” answered me. WooHoo! My first personal experiences with the group!!”
From the recorder that Mandi held: 9:14PM “There’s something there.”
This audio clip of a chair being moved was caught on a stationary dvr on the first floor in command central, right after Bryce and Steve went upstairs to place a Truth Cam: Chair sliding
During the time that Steve and Bryce were trying to figure out which chair moved, Steve hears this: Female voices
After trying to debunk and recreate the chair movement, Bryce and Steve went outside to wait for Diana, Andrea, Mandi and Becky. This Class A EVP was caught on the stationary DVR in command central 1 minute later: Class A Female talking
The following is a slightly amplified version of the previous EVP: Female talking
Caught on a recorder while in the purple room: Female voice Purple Room
Caught on a recorder during spirit box sessions: Talking over ghost box, Voice Edinburgh purple room, Voice, Whistle 2nd floor purple room, Gimmie, Hello Edinburgh, Hello Hey Edinburgh, Hey before I speak Edinburgh,
Audio clip during walk-through: Humming
EVPs from the area of room 100: Laughter (We heard this out loud.)
Noise and breath(recorder was alone in room 100),Unknown sound on 1st floor
Audio clips from the billiards room:
Based on the personal experiences and evidence collected, we reached a decision as a group that we do believe there is paranormal activity taking place at this location, Edinburgh Manor.