Camanche Iowa Investigation January 4, 2013
Reported Hauntings: The client and her family have lived in an approximately 120 year old home in Camanche, Iowa since November 2012. Since moving into the home, she reports some unexplained activity of feeling like her hair is being touched and capturing unexplained voices on a digital recorder placed in the area of where she experienced the hair touching. Because of the nature of the recordings she has become very frightened of staying in her home. The recordings include what appears to be a conversation between her son (who talks in his sleep) and another unexplained voice, a male voice saying he is going to stick them and other profanity and unexplained voices.
Equipment Setup: A stationary camera was placed in the basement area since both her husband and she felt very uncomfortable going in that area. She also had reported sounds that sounded like the door knob being rattled that was caught on her audio. Sally set her mini cam in the dining room area along with a dvr and cell sensor. Another dvr was placed in the living room area.
Experiments Performed: The REM pod was placed on the steps in hopes of capturing any movement. We also tried a session with the spirit box.
Becky: At 7:36 While sitting in the dining room conducting an interview, Mandi and I both heard what sounded like a disembodied voice. At first we thought it may have been a cat, but when we checked we saw the cat was on Stephanie’s lap and she said it was only purring. I stopped my recording so I could play it back and some kind of voice was captured.
At approximately 8:30 while all of us were upstairs, I saw what looked like a small white shadow by Steve while he was sitting in the hallway. Then 3 minutes later, Mandi and I both saw another white light to the right of Steve. It was debunked as not being from a car, phone or flashlight.
At 8:40 we all went down to the living room area. Several times during the night I saw lights by the basement door. I also saw a dark shadow up by the top of the doorway. I also heard what sounded like a faint voice. It was caught on audio but very faint.
Sally: My experiences were when I was upstairs with terry before the investigation started and we were setting up equipment the room with the bunk beds seems to have a very heavy feeling. When we were up stairs as a group I heard a scratching sound
In the girls bedroom a few times, Diana stated she heard the noise as well.
Mandi: I didn’t have much in the way of personal experiences. I thought I saw a couple shadows but it could have been people moving, cats, etc. I got a weird feeling being in the kitchen but have no explanation for that.
Steve: My only experience was seeing a three-dimensional dimly glowing mist of some sort in the upstairs hallway that materialized then shot down the steps. Unsure what to make of it, not sure if I could call it paranormal, but part of it was witnessed by Becky.
Steph: I had no personal experiences.
Terry: I was the first one to go upstairs. And, before I got up there I saw some sort of shadow play on the wall. Not sure what it was from. And, I felt a very uneasy feeling in multiple locations upstairs, but had nothing happen.
door While we were in the living room area, Diana, Becky and Mandi were sitting on the couch and were hearing what sounded like the basement door knob, several times
voice mandi and I heard 736 While doing the interview in the dining room, Mandi and Becky both thought they heard a voice. They tried to debunk it as being the cat but the cat was sitting on Steph’s lap to the left of Becky and Mandi and Becky both agreed that the voice sounded like it was coming from the right, in the dining room area.
Knife falling Terry was setting up the camera to monitor any movement from the door as that was one of the claims. He was trying to position a camera so it was up higher. He found something that would work but was very dusty so he was tapping it on a box to get the dust off of it. Watch the door behind Terry. We ruled out anyone going outside or coming in as well as ruling out animals, people, or the furnace, making the door move and the knife fall.
Because of our not being present to record the audio that we were given, it is impossible for us to know if it was from a controlled environment. This made it hard to analyze it. As a result, we would have to consider it inconclusive to our investigation.
We believe that we were either there on a non active night, or that if there is something intelligent there that it did not choose to interact with us or that the recordings that the home owner got could be residual. Since there has been no violent activity and we did not witness any said activity, we do not feel that she is at risk of any type of harm. There may be some comfort to them in stating that the house is theirs and asking any spirits to leave. We encourage them to continue to log any activity that may take place.
We would always be glad to come back at anytime should the owners desire a return investigation and encourage her to keep in touch.