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Private Home Fort Madison, IA March 22, 2008

MVP was contacted by a worried mother in Southern Iowa. Her just-turned 13 year old daughter had been seeing ghosts for the last month, and was scared to sleep in or even enter her bedroom. The spirits are said to try to communicate with the girl and move objects in the room. The daughter is seeing eight ghosts, and identified 4 of them to MVP and said the others were kind of a blur. The daughter noted that she had conversations with “Roxie”, her deceased aunt, but the others she just saw and they did not talk to her. She said she saw a deceased uncle named Bill whom she had asked questions to but he would not answer, and deceased classmate named Casper who repeatedly hummed, and a friend of her moms named Tony who had died recently The daughter sees the ghosts only at night when she is in bed. They haven’t touched her or done anything physical, just tried to communicate with her. On Saturday, March 22, MVP sent an investigation team consisting of Bryce, Becky, Rick and Steph, meeting Char at the location. Our goal is to help the daughter deal with the apparitions and regain the use of her bedroom.

The team arrived at the home at 5:00PM and met with Char as well as the family occupying the home. A tour of the home was done, temperature and EMF sweeps done in each room. The daughter’s room was colder than the rest of the house, but otherwise nothing out of the ordinary. Stephanie and Becky then conducted individual interviews with both the daughter and mother, neither in the same room as the interviews were conducted.

Following the interviews, the team left the residence and went to a local restaurant to discuss the interview and final investigation planning. It was decided to concentrate the investigation and all equipment on the daughter’s room since it is the only room with reported activity. Equipment to be used included digital voice recorders, infrared thermometers, Cell Sensors, a Lutron Meter, motion detectors, digital cameras, a Nightshot video camera, and a laptop with an external microphone.

Following the break, the team returned to the residence and set up equipment (camcorder recording video in the room and a laptop recording audio) after doing a sweep of the room and noting temperatures in it. The first team to go in was Rick, Stephanie, and the daughter. During this time, temperature fluctuations were noted and a few sensations were felt as well as the Cell Sensor going off once then again on command. Team 2 was Bryce, Char and Becky. This team also noted temperature fluctuations in various areas and Bryce and Becky heard knocking that was not heard on the digital voice recorder upon review. Rick, Steph, Char, and the daughter went back into the room after Team 2 and this time unexplained noises were heard including a horseshoe moving against the dresser. Temperature fluctuation were also felt again. The team then took a break, leaving motion detectors in the room and the equipment running. After twenty minutes, the investigation resumed, no motion sensors having gone off. The team of Bryce, Stephanie, Char, and the daughter then went into the room and experienced severe cold spots as well as air movement, that they reported felt like wind. The daughter was then sent into the room by herself with the camcorder still running and a DVR on as well. While in there, she reported feeling cold and movement of a hanging horseshoe. She requested team member Char to go in with her after some time, and the two remained by themselves in the room until the investigation finished at 11:30PM.

The Review team consisting of Steph, Mike, Rick and Becky met at Steph’s house at 5:30 PM Sunday, March 30. The team went over the workings of Adobe Audition, and then got down to business. We first reviewed audio captured by Becky’s DVR and were able to isolate several EVPs. Next we listened to the audio from Bryce’s PC laptop which had been set up in the bedroom. Again, we discovered some unexplained voices. Rick had left his DVR running during the entire investigation, so the team had to review several more hours of audio. During the listening, we were able to match some EVPs with those captured by Bryce and Becky. Mike and Steph helped isolate all unexplained EVPs, and they were saved to disc and sent to the members to review. After a short break, we settled in to watch the audio. A nightvision video camera had been set up in the bedroom, and was running during the investigation. By matching the video to our EVPs, we were able to debunk several as being of human origin. The team had also experienced an inanimate object, an iron hourseshoe, moving during the investigation. By watching the video, we were able to determine that the horseshoe was moved by natural means. We were still left with some unexplained EVPs and personal experiences by the members which included cold spots and cold breezes in the closed bedroom.

EVIDENCE

AUDIO

“That’s OK.”

“Unknown Noise”

VIDEO

Video evidence was debunked.

At 8:00 Thursday April 3rd, Rick called the mother to share the evidence. Becky witnessed and taped the call. First Rick explained how we reviewed the evidence and what the team found. He told them the team listened to the audio from Becky, Bryce and Rick and isolated any voices that could not be explained. Then they watched the video and tried to debunk any of the EVPs by comparing audio to video. He told them we were able to debunk the swinging horseshoe and eliminate some of the EVPS. That left us with the cold spots and some EVPS we could not account for. He told the mother we would send them the EVPS and they could listen to them and see if anything sounded familiar. The mother stated that things are going great now. The daughter is sleeping in her bedroom and is no longer scared. Rick told her that if her daughter is seeing spirits, none of us felt they were harmful. He also said that if the daughter is seeing spirits, it is an ability that could go as suddenly as it came. He also related that we found no EVPS that sounded like Roxy, and if she is seeing Roxy, it could be a spirit attached to the room that is taking the form of Roxy to make her comfortable.

The mother expressed her sincere thanks to the team and everything we did. She and her daughter had a lot of fun and appreciated how “laid-back” and nice we were. She said we made life easier around there. She also gave permission to post any information and EVPS regarding the investigation. Neither one had any more questions and were very satisfied with the investigation. The mother promised to contact the team if anything changed. She agreed that no further investigation was necessary unless the situation changed. The mother asked if her daughter could go along on an investigation as a guest. They were both really impressed with the team’s professionalism.

Case Status: CLOSED