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Steele Mansion Hartville MO November 18th 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.

Weather

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

Pre-Investigation

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.

Conclusions

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

Update

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 25th, 2017

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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.

 

Weather

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

Pre-Investigation

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

Kitchen

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.

Conclusions

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

AUDIO

Clinton, Iowa Private Home – November 21, 2015

Background and Reported Activity

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.

Weather

On the day of the investigation the area was hit with a snow storm that dropped 10 inches of snow on Clinton, IA. The skies cleared for the evening and the temperature was 8* and windy.

Pre-Investigation

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.

Equipment Set Up

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.

Experiments Preformed

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.

Evidence

Audio

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

“Cat”

“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

Edinburgh Manor #2 – March 23, 2013

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.

Because of the experiences we had at our previous investigation, we decided to investigate the Manor again. The weather was very cold and the building was less than 40 degrees inside so we were not able to stay and investigate as long as we would have liked to. Regardless, we still had a good time and more personal experiences to add to our investigations at Edinburgh Manor.

Personal Experiences

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Becky- Early in the evening, Steve set up his REM pod in the main hallway of the 1st floor. While Diana and I were in the building and Bryce and Steve were outside filming, I heard the REM pod go off. I commented on it, but my audio clip doesn’t catch it good since I was talking at the time.

While Steph and I were in command central, we both thought we heard voices. At the time we both thought they sounded kind of like a tv playing because I commented about we shouldn’t be able to hear a TV even if there might be one on in the house behind the Manor. It’s faint, but it was caught on audio.

While in the large ward on the first floor, we all experienced unexplained taps, knocks, and footsteps that seemed to go from the hallway and around different areas of the room. First a noise was heard in the hall, then over by the right corner of the room and seemed to travel counter clockwise around the room.

I felt very uncomfortable while in the basement. I didn’t have any personal experiences in the basement area, but I remember feeling sad when I saw the piano sitting there.

I also felt uncomfortable on the 2nd floor, as soon as Terry, Steph and I went up there. We set up an EM pump in the hallway. We went into the room at the top of the steps. I asked if someone was up there with us and immediately heard a pop which we attributed to settling. I then started to get a headache. About 5 minutes after that, Steph and I heard a noise in the hallway. Terry heard what sounded like dishes, then Steph heard a scrape and then we heard footsteps right afterward. Steph spoke of being very nervous. We then moved to a room down the hall. I saw a shadow on the door frame while we were sitting in the room. Shortly after that Steph saw a shadow and then Terry heard a noise or voice that was caught on audio. Several minutes later, Terry saw a pinpoint of light, looking down the hallway from the blue room. Terry then heard footsteps. We heard noises come from various areas and while walking back down the main hall, just past the stairway, Steph thought she saw a face peek out of a doorway.

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Steph- Towards the beginning of the evening myself and Becky heard what sounded like a conversation outside of the room that we were in, almost like a television playing. After a couple of moments we realized that there was no television and we were hearing something else. There was no one outside of the room that we could be hearing at that time as it was when we first goth there and were all in the room.

While me and Diana were in the “control room” by the front door of the building, we heard what sounded like slippers scraping on the floor outside in the hall near us.

While myself, Becky, and Terry were on the second floor we heard BLATANT footsteps in the hallway from the room that we were in. These footsteps were caught on audio. We also heard a dragging noise out in the hallway that was also caught on audio.

While on the second floor myself, Becky and Terry were walking down the hallway and I felt very creeped out and nervous all of a sudden, more than usual. After just passing the stairwell I felt the sudden overwhelming urge to turn around and when I did I shined my flashlight down the hallway. At this time, I saw what looked like a person sticking his or her head out of one of the rooms on the left side. It was solid and looked like a flesh and blood face, not see through in any way. I only saw it for a second or so as it startled me and I looked away and removed the flashlight from the face. I could not tell if it was a man or woman but it had dark hair.

Upon listening back to that moment on our audio there is a strong EVP of a voice caught right next to the area that we were in that sounds like it is speaking directly to us. I feel that subconsciously I may have heard or sensed that voice and whatever made it and that is what made me want to turn around but of course I cannot prove as this is a personal experience.

Late in the evening, the EMF sensor was going off in the control room with no plausible explanation.

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Terry- Upon arriving I went to the first room around the corner from command central to change into a long sleeve shirt.  As soon as I got the shirt off, I could’ve sworn I heard a very faint female scream. I’m not certain what else it could have been.  No one reported it on audio.

Heard footsteps a few times out loud from the hallways.  They were also captured on audio recorders.

At around 10:24 I saw a pinpoint of light dart across the second floor hallway from the Blue Room.  It was a while after that I was trying to figure out what I could have seen when Steph saw a face appear from a door way.

A few times during the night I had headaches when Becky said she had them too.  Brief sharp pain that didn’t last very long. Mine were all on the right side temporal region.  Just an odd occurrence.

Bryce- Reported hearing unexplained noises throughout the night.

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Evidence

Audio

First Floor

“Disembodied Voices”

“Possible Whisper on 1st Floor”

“Unknown Sound in 1st Floor Hallway”

“Unknown Scream in 1st Floor Hallway”

“Command Central – Loud Noise in the Distance While Alone”

“1st Floor Empty Whisper Then Loud Voice”

high pitched female voice recreation room

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noises after leaving building last time

possible female voice in response large ward

strange interference and female laugh 

strange noise while I’m talking

strange screech

tap in room 100

tapping in response large ward

whispering main ward 

whistling recreation room

thud and noises

possible response to diana

Second Floor

9 12PM unknown sounds in empty bulding

9 14PM noise in empty building

9 50PM odd noise or voice in empty building

10 15PM dragging sound from hallway 2nd floor

10 15PM footsteps in the hall amplified

10 29PM footsteps amplified not Terry laughing

distant cough and close whisper

distant scream or laughter

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loud whisper while going up steps

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sound terry heard from blue room 2nd floor amplified

thump on 2nd floor

Basement

we were not alone whispers amplified

possible whisper basement

Video

8 13PM possible KII response on first floor (1)

8 17PM small and fast light zips near KII

Conclusion

As with our last investigation, Edinburgh Manor did not disappoint. Even though our evening was fairly short, we managed to capture more audio evidence than any other investigation we’ve conducted. We will be making  a return trip when the weather is more cooperative so we can hopefully discover the source of all the activity.

Case Status: OPEN

Camanche Iowa Private Home Investigation

Camanche Iowa Investigation January 4, 2013

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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.

The Investigation:

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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.

Personal Experiences:

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.

Evidence Collected:

Audio Evidence:

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.

Video Evidence:

 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.

Conclusions:

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.

 

 

Muscatine Iowa Private Home Investigation #6

Muscatine Iowa Investigation #6

Reported Hauntings: This residence has been investigated by our group 5 times in the past. The owners had moved out of the location and when they moved back, they had these claims of recent activity. “ A friend was on a ladder and felt himself being pushed off the ladder, a back scratcher that was sitting on an air conditioner was thrown across the room, feeling of being poked while sleeping, remote was making the lights go off and on and fireplace go on and off, felt the bed being moved, hearing footsteps upstairs, the smell of pipe tobacco upstairs. They reported that 2 former tenants have died at the residence.

Weather: The temperature was 41 degrees and the sky was clear.

Equipment Setup:  A digital voice recorder and a camcorder were placed in the upstairs bedroom area, stationary recorder in the upstairs front living room area, a cell sensor and mel meter in the upstairs hallway. Bryce recorded the majority of the investigation with his camcorder and Becky carried a zoom dvr.

The Investigation

Experiments Performed:  The spirit box was used in the upstairs bedroom area. Interaction was attempted using the cell sensor.

Personal Experiences:

Becky: I heard an unexplained knocking sound in hallway when Steve asked for a knock. While sitting on a computer chair in the upstairs front room, I could feel the floorboards shift under my feet. No one in the room had moved. I was sitting in the same area that Stephanie had sat during a previous investigation and she felt and heard footsteps. I witnessed the cell sensor going off 2 different times when it was laying stationary at each end of the hallway upstairs.

Bryce: Personal experiences include hearing a few unexplained noises and hearing the cell sensor go off twice for no apparent reason.

Steve: My personal experiences include recording a EMF spike from 0.0 to 0.5 then back to 0.0 along with a 5 degree temp. drop upon entering the upstairs door.  Also recorded  the same 0.0 to 0.5 to 0.0 in the upstairs living room.  Heard what seemed like a knock in response to my question. Thought I heard footsteps in upstairs living room.  Noticed spirit box replies when asking what his name was, replies were “Who me?”  and “I cannot say it.” I also had the  feeling like all of the hairs on my head were standing on end in the hallway.  Feeling a sudden bone chilling chill while doing spiritbox in the back bedroom.  Feeling slightly dizzy and again hairs on head standing up in living room. This is when Bryce’s camera could not focus on me.

Mandi: While in the living room I kept having feelings like something was pinching my elbow. When coming up the stairs from the basement it felt like something tugged my pocket.

 

Evidence Collected:

 Audio Evidence:

At 7:31 we enter the upstairs front room to start and EVP session. The cell sensor had been placed in the hallway outside the door and it goes off for no apparent reason  cell sensor731

At 7:40 when we were in the upstairs front room, we heard a knock after Steve asked for it and some shifting in the hallway  knock and shifting sound740. Becky asks for a knock and seems to get one CanYouKnockOnTheDoor

This apparent EVP was caught on Mandis stationary DVR that had been placed in the back room upstairs. We were just entering the room to investigate. We think it sounds like it is whispering “no one here”  NoOneHere  The cell sensor goes off for the 2nd time right after this. Also on Mandis recorder was this possible voice that speaks while we are all in the front room upstairs Ow222027. Another clip from her recorder seems to have an unknown male voice  HeardAVoiceBeforeThat  Steve reacts by saying he heard a voice.

At approximately 7:47 on Steves recorder that was left in the upstairs back room he caught the following:  At 7:47  in “whisper 2 muscatine”  A pretty clear whisper can be heard.  What it says, well “F*** you!”  whisper 2 muscatine

At 7:49 he captures this EVP  and explains what he feels he hears.  In “whisper muscatine” three whispers can be heard.  I believe they say “You lied to me” or “Don’t hide from me”, “Just leave!”  “Keep outta here!”  whisper muscatine  In “whisper 2 muscatine isolation”  This is just an isolated clip of the original to prove it was a whisper and not sound matrixing with the floor creaks.  whisper 2 muscatine isolation

Conclusions:

It is felt that there is a resident spirit in the home because of the information we have gathered in the past. It appears to not be bound to one location because of the reported activity downstairs as well as upstairs.

Geneseo Illinois Private Home Investigation

Geneseo Illinois Investigation

The house is believed to have been built around 1900. The property is located in Geneseo, Ill

Reported Hauntings:  The homeowners have reported seeing apparitions of a male and a child in the basement, top of stairs and doorway. They both have heard their name being whispered in their ears. The male homeowner saw what looked like a child playing with a kitchen set when he went down to the kitchen during the night.  “A train set has been repeatedly destroyed and the son claims he didn’t do it. Many times I would walk into my son’s bedroom planning to catch him out of bed and in his playroom, but he was always sleeping and the door to his playroom shut. I have heard running foot steps start at the entrance to my son’s play room, then trip and hit the floor. Something hit the floor so hard and violently it shook my ceiling fan. I ran upstairs to check on my son. He was asleep on the floor. I woke him up and moved him down stairs to the living room couch. I went back to my room and laid down with both of our dogs. The moment I hit the bed my fan started shaking and I heard running foot steps back and forth. I also heard the wooden trains being played with.  I was in the bathroom and saw a shadow fly from the basement. I followed it thinking it was my son, up it went to his bedroom. I saw a man in a black cape like coat come out of no where, five feet from our bedroom door, and walk out the the doorway”. 

Weather:The temperature was 41 degrees and partly cloudy. Indoor temp averaged 70 degrees.

Equipment Setup:   Static recorder in the child’s room, static recorder in the playroom, static video camera in the playroom, 2 mobile recorders, 1 real-time audio analyzer, 2 digital cameras, 2 magnetometers, 1 Mel Meter, 1 Full-spectrum digital camera

EMF/Temp readingsKitchen: 0-2.5 milligaus, 69 degrees, Bathroom: 0.3-0.5 milligaus, 69.9 degrees, Living Room: 0.2-1.0 milligaus, 70 degrees, Master Bedroom: 0-0.3 milligaus, 70.4 degrees, Spare Bedroom: 0-0.3 milligaus, 69 degrees, Child’s Bedroom: 0-0.5 milligaus, 69.8 degrees, Playroom: 0.1-0.4 milligaus, 68 degrees.  (Whole house seemed to have elevated EMF fields)

The Investigation

Experiments performed: The kitchen area was tested for EMF and had a high EMF reading throughout the kitchen. Steve attempted the flashlight experiment in the living room. A floor piano was turned on in the playroom in an attempt to get interaction with the reported child spirit. The marbles were tested on the playroom floor to see how easily the sound traveled to the bedroom below. Spirit box was used with no results.

Personal Experiences:

Steve: felt a cold spot by him in the kitchen area at 7:25 while conducting the interview.   Also feeling dizzy and off balance in the kitchen when doing the interview.  I saw a shadow go across a section of the kitchen wall that was
illuminated from an outdoor porch light from the neighbor’s house.
Could have possibly been neighbor outside.  Witnessed some flashlight
responses that I could not explain.  Heard several small knocks which
could have just been settling noises.

Becky: I heard sounds by the tv. Cabinet. Flashlight that Steve had set up on there turned on a couple times, but not on command at 8:30.  At 9:20, while sitting on the loveseat, I heard what sounded like a door being pushed shut. I asked Bryce and Terry to walk across the floor upstairs to see if it was a movement they had made but it did not sound the same.

Terry:  My only personal experiences are: I saw a white, mostly round, ball of light near master bedroom, on the door frame.  Could have been from outside, but no cars went by.  And, I saw the light from the moon blocked out in spare room upstairs.  Wasn’t looking straight at it, but saw the light change in there.

Bryce:  No real major personal experiences, just heard some random sounds.

Evidence Collected:

Audio Evidence

813 – This is the footstep Steve heard. Enhanced slightly. (Living Room)  813PM – Footstep Enhanced

818 – This is the high pitched sound we all heard. It sounds like glass being hit, happens 3 times. (Living Room)  818PM – High Pitched Sound

803 – This one has several sounds like small things being dropped or hit together. (Upstairs)  803PM – Upstairs Noises

839 – You can hear us downstairs, then you hear what sounds like a child hum then what sounds like someone blowing on the recorder mics. (Upstairs)  839PM – Upstairs Noises2

926 – A very big thump when we’re all downstairs. (Upstairs)  926PM – Upstairs Bang

705 child voice during interview  7 05PM child voice at 2 seconds in

720 sounds like a response during interview  7 20PM seems to be a response at the end

751 child voice whisper , we are downstairs, recorder upstairs  7 51PM child voice then whisper

906 Terry and Bryce upstairs, recorder in playroom  9 06PM child voice play room Bryce and Terry upstairs

Becky in kitchen walking  nothing

female voice kitchenliving room  get out, quiet voice, whispering under our talking

Conclusions:

Based on our experiences and evidence gathered, there appears to be mild paranormal activity that is benevolent in nature.

Edinburgh Manor October 5, 2012

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.

The property is located at 13241 E23 County Home Road Scotch Grove, Iowa 52205

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.

 

The Investigation

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.

Personal Experiences:

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!!”

Evidence Collected:

Audio Evidence

From the recorder that Mandi held: 9:14PM “There’s something there.”

11:07PM – Female voice talks over someone 7 seconds in

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

Becky and Bryce locating the "chair sliding" audio
Becky and Bryce listen to the audio of a chair sliding when no one was on first floor. Diana in background

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:

Snap in Billiards Room,knock for andrea

Conclusions

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.