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Walcott, Iowa Private Home – May 16, 2020

MVP was contacted by a homeowner about unusual activity occurring at a home they recently purchased and started renovating. The homeowner reported the following to MVP:

  • The house was built in 1865.
  • House was purchased in January 2020 and under renovation ever since. 3 days after the house was closed on, the owner and a friend were in the house at night and heard a loud bang followed by what sounded like a man in work boots walking back and fourth through the kitchen to the living room.
  • The owner was in the house alone and heard something fall upstairs along with foot steps; went up there and nothing was on the ground.
  • Owner’s father-in-law was working in the basement and heard a kid running around bouncing a ball upstairs during the day and went up there and saw nothing then went back into the basement. Then heard a slamming door from upstairs in kitchen and went up there and didn’t see anything.
  • The owner has seen a shadow figure go from the basement, through the kitchen, and disappear into the mudroom.
  • The owner’s dog came to see the house and he refused to go inside and when he was in the house he, was shaking, getting low to the ground, tail in between his legs, and just wanting to leave.
  • The owner always feels like someone is watching her in the house.

MVP arrived at the home around 7:00PM with members Bryce, Tony, Ashley, and two guest investigators in attendance.

An environmental sweep indicated there were no high electromagnetic fields or unusual temperatures in the home. It was noted that the house is completely gutted as they are renovating the premises.

Following a tour of the home and brief interview, the investigation commenced at 7:18PM, with the client remaining with the team.

The Investigation

Equipment used consisted of two voice recorders, a 360-degree audio recorder, full-spectrum video camera, infrared temperature gun, EMF detector, two K2 meters, and a digital SLR camera. Due to the nature of renovation going on, the main floor of the house had a large battery-powered shop light as the main light source of the main floor.

The team started investigating on the second floor with the home owner present. At 7:37PM, while on the second floor, an unexplained knock was heard by all. At 8:06PM, Tony’s K2 sensor went off at the same time that the home owner said something grabbed her ankle. At 8:07PM, the home owner, Bryce, and a guest investigator noted a sharp drop in temperature. At 8:09PM, Ashley heard a disembodied breath that was captured on audio. At 8:11PM, a sound similar to a dog whimper was heard by a guest investigator and Ashley. At 8:12PM, Tony, Bryce, and the home owner heard and felt a rumble-like sound, with no source. While investigating the basement, at 8:24PM, Bryce and a guest investigator reported a possible shadow moving left to right by the furnace. While isolating on the main floor, Tony reported a disembodied voice at 8:29PM. At 8:37PM, the team took a short break, leaving the premises but left audio recorders running. The team returned at 8:51, with Tony, the home owner, a friend of the owner, and one of the guest investigators going to the garage. Bryce and the other guest investigator went to the second floor, and Ashley stayed on the main floor with the home owner’s mother. At 9:00PM, everyone in the garage heard a scream that couldn’t be explained; Tony also heard tapping on the garage door that moved. Following this, the home owner and company left, leaving the team to the house. At 9:27PM, while investigating in the main room, Ashley asked if whatever was in the house to bake a cake, and the battery-powered shop light dimmed significantly, and eventually lost all power, despite it having a new battery. The investigation wrapped a little after 10PM.

Evidence

“7:37PM – Knock”

A knock heard on the second floor by everyone.

 

“8:09PM -Disembodied Breath”

An unexplained breath heard by Ashley.

 

“8:11PM – A Dog Whimper”

A whimpering sound heard by a guest investigator and Ashley.

 

“8:47PM – Footsteps While Alone”

While the home was empty, the 360 recorder captured 3 distinct footsteps.

 

“9:27PM – The Light Dims”

While asking whatever was there to bake a cake, the battery-powered light dimmed.

 

Conclusions

While we weren’t able to substantiate all the claims of the homeowners, we did capture and experience a few things to make us believe that there is some sort of paranormal activity occurring in the house. The renovations occurring on the house are likely causing the activity to manifest and amplify, as this is a well-documented source. A theory that was floated around was there could possibly be a female presence, as the home owner indicated that most of the activity seems to center around the kitchen and with the age of the home, would make sense. We are hoping to return at a later date with a bigger group to try to hopefully pinpoint the cause of the activity and help the homeowner and her family live in peace.

Case Status: OPEN

Camanche, IA Private Home – June 23, 2018

MVP was contacted by a concerned homeowner about various unexplained activity going on in her and her boyfriend’s home. Some of the claimed activity included:

• Loud thuds that shake the whole house that happens often in the 10-11pm hour (many times at 10:47pm) with no explanation.
• Watched as shower items pushed off of lower shower shelf
• Remote for TV moved from love seat armrest mid-air, moved out horizontally 3 feet mid-air, then dropped to the floor
• Front door creaked shut slowly, then slammed extremely forcefully, shaking the house
• Entryway light swaying without any explanation
• Left phone in hallway to record during one night of activity, caught an EVP of a voice saying “Ring, ring, ring” without any TV or radio on.

A team consisting of Becky, Bryce, Diana, Amanda, Tony, and Ashley arrived at the house at 7PM to conduct a full investigation of the property to provide answers the homeowners. An interview and tour were conducted, and the team was able to listen to the EVP captured by the homeowner, and we can confirm that it does sound like a voice saying “ring, ring, ring.” After the homeowners left the premises, Bryce conducted a room-by-room temperature and EMF sweep, noting no unusual readings or spikes.

The Investigation

The investigation commenced around 8PM and several pieces of equipment were employed, including multiple voice recorders, cell sensors, and three K2 meters. There were several attempts to debunk many of the claims, but we were unable to do so. There was a lot of unusual activity with the K2’s as all of them were spiking all night long. We ruled out our cellphones as these are known to interfere with the K2’s. However, the K2’s were not spiking in predictable patterns and we were unable to discover the source.

We waited until the claimed 10:47PM to see if we could experience the house-shaking thud, but unfortunately, the sound did not occur. Following this, the house was quiet until the investigation was called around 11:20PM.

The following personal experiences were noted by the investigators:

Bryce – Heard some strange sounds in the basement, including what sounded like a scream that I captured on audio; can’t fully explain it, but can’t say it’s paranormal either. Caught a couple other unusual sounds in the basement but beyond that, it was a pretty quiet, uneventful night.

Becky – Only thing was I witnessed the unusual K2 activity, but had to leave the investigation early.

Tony – I witnessed the K2 activity, but also heard was sounded like a breath or exhale very close to me in the basement, which was also heard by Ashley but was not captured. Also had a chill on my back that was confirmed by an infrared thermometer.

Amanda – Throughout the evening we did try to debunk several of the claims of the family of different activity reported. I attempted jumping on the landing by the stairs to see if it would move the hanging pendent light above the entry way that the family has reported they have seen swinging. We also tried slamming the front door (which we were not able to actually slam shut because the door fit is tight) and this did not replicate the swinging. We were able to easily hear voices of neighbors outside of the home during our visit but I did not hear any of this on my own audio recordings.
We had numerous instances of K-2 meter activity. When one meter was set on the counter/ledge in the kitchen, several different times the meter did light up. The same thing happened when the meter was set by the table lamp in the living room corner. There were also several spots on the floor in the living room where K-2 activity was noted. It was not consistent and difficult to replicate. It didn’t necessarily seem like any kind of intelligent response but I also could not duplicate the circumstances to get the same result.
While in the basement I did hear a breath several times but did not have my personal audio recorder with me. I also did think I heard a voice several times while in the basement.

Ashley – No real experiences, except for seeing the K2 meters going off and hearing the breath in the basement with Tony.

Diana – I also didn’t experience anything out of the ordinary except for seeing the K2 meter going crazy.

Evidence

“9:46PM – Faint Basement Sound”

The sound is barely audible, and may not be anything paranormal.

 

“9:52PM – Basement Scream”

This was heard by Bryce in the basement, and subsequently caught on audio. Though it could possibly be audio matrixing since someone was walking around upstairs when it was caught, the sound seemed out of place.

 

“Nope”

This was caught on Becky’s recorder, a distinct answer to her question.

 

Evidence review revealed only a few things that were not fully explainable. Based on our experiences and the evidence caught, we cannot definitively say either way if paranormal activity is occurring in the home. We will be keeping in contact with the homeowners and will reinvestigate should the need arise.

Case Status: OPEN

Steele Mansion, Hartville, MO – November 18, 2017

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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 25, 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

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Clinton, IA Private Home – November 21, 2015

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.

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.

The Investigation

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.

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

Garner Hall, Camanche, IA – November 7, 2015

Garner Hall was built in Camanche Iowa in 1913. It was built on land donated by Martha Neesley who passed away on February 4th 1931. It was named by Mrs. Neesley after her deceased daughter May Garner Neesley. The building was the original town hall and was used for meetings, suppers, concerts, a play stage, and a movie theater. The town fire trucks used to be stored in the basement and when the bucket brigade was in need, they would ring the church bells.
Many groups used the building as a meeting hall including:
Masons
VFW
American Legion
Kiwanis
Chamber of Commerce
Boy Scouts
Eastern Star
Lyons Club
Royal Neighbors
Modern Woodmen
Odd Fellows
The building currently is managed by the City of Camanche. It can be rented for a donation and is used for meetings, parties, and reunions. The basement now serves as a senior meal site. The City of Camanche plans on demolish Garner Hall in the near future and build a new community center on the property.

A member of MVP contacted Camanche City Hall to request permission to investigate Garner Hall as it is going to be demolished and replaced with a new community center in the near future. There was a report from a team members’ child that he saw a shadow figure in the building a few years ago.

MVP arrived at Garner Hall at 5PM with members Becky Reid, Bryce Carlson, Diana Smith, Sally Jacobs, Amanda Peters, and Tony Caudill in attendance. We had a meeting about best equipment placement and a discussion about best investigation practices for the location. The investigation commenced around 6PM.

The Investigation

The Command Center was set up in the upstairs kitchen, with Bryce doing data entry and time keeping. In the building there were 6 audio recorders, 3 e.m.f. detectors, a high 8 night shot video camera, and a 4 camera night vision DVR system.

Sally drove around the building with headlights on to induce shadow play from light through the windows.

Personal Experiences

In the upstairs main room, Becky, Diana, and Sally noticed random K2 and EMF meter activity during casual conversation. Becky saw a flashing light on the DVR monitor from the camera in the basement level that was played back for Bryce, Amanda, and Sally. The anomaly was unexplained. Sally and Tony both noticed small flashes of light along the north wall of the main room; some traveling up the stairs to the kitchen area.

Evidence

Audio

Audio clips captured on two different recording devices of a voice not belonging to any investigators. Video clip of the camera image completely blocked out, anomaly could not be explained.

“Unknown Voice”

“Unknown Voice Captured on Different Recorder”

“Unknown Voice Amplified”

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Conclusion

MVP went into this investigation with no expectations; just the honor of investigating one of the city’s oldest properties. We are thankful to the City of Camanche for letting us conduct the investigation.
With the lack of activity and little evidence collected at this location it does not warrant an additional investigation.

Case Status: CLOSED

Undisclosed Iowa Church #2 and Undisclosed Iowa Residence – April 26, 2014

MVP returned the Iowa church we had previous investigated on April 26, 2014 to hopefully capture more evidence that something unusual was occurring, as well as to investigate a church member’s home for the first time.

For previous activity reports, please refer to the February 15, 2014 investigation report. In the church member’s house, claims included the sound of walking on the second floor, seeing the spirit of a little boy, among others.

MVP arrived at the church around 7PM with members Becky Reid, Bryce Carlson, Diana Smith, and Andrea Calkins in attendance.

We were going to do a fairly short investigation of the church and then conduct another investigation at the nearby church member’s residence. We did not conduct any interviews during this investigation as we had talked to the church member prior to arriving at the church and would not be home when we investigated the house. Investigation commenced around 715PM at the church and around 9PM at the home.

The Investigation

Command Center was set up in the back of the sanctuary, with Bryce doing data entry and time-keeping. In the church, there were four voice recorders (two stationary, two mobile), a K2 meter, a geophone, a motion detector, and a Nightshot camera. In the home, there were four stationary voice recorders, K2 meter, and motion detector.

Personal Experiences

The Church

Towards the beginning of the investigation, Becky and Diana heard what sounded like heavy footsteps coming from the balcony, loud enough that Diana thought Becky had gone upstairs when she hadn’t. The same noise was captured later, so it is unknown if this was the sound of the building or unexplained phenomenon. The team also heard one of the metal folding chairs in the back make a noise for no reason. While Diana and Becky were on the balcony and Bryce and Andrea in the basement, both Diana and Becky heard the sound of someone walking down the center aisle. Andrea and Bryce did not hear it and were able to prove that if someone walks in the sanctuary, you can hear it in the basement, which they did not.

The House

MVP did a brief investigation of a church member’s home and concentrated their efforts on the second floor as the husband and a daughter had stayed on the premises and we wished to minimize evidence containment. There were no personal experiences at the home.

Evidence

Audio

The Church

“Bang”

This was heard in the back of the sanctuary. 

“Unknown Voice Over Bryce”

When Bryce answers on the walkie talkie, a voice talks over his.

“Footsteps at Front of Church”

These are the footstep sounds that were heard coming from the front of the sanctuary.

The House

“Many Voices”

This was captured upstairs. It was not heard at the time and it was ruled out as a TV or radio as we could not hear anything from downstairs.

Video

This was the heavy footsteps or banging heard at the beginning of the investigation.

This is the video from the same time as “Noises in front of church.” It has a similar sound to “Noises at Beginning” leading us more towards it having a rational explanation, but still noteworthy.

This is the video of the footsteps in the sanctuary. It is notable that neither the motion sensor or geophone on the piano do not go off in response to the phenomenon.

Conclusion

It was a fairly windy day and discovered during our first investigation, the church building itself does make a lot of noises; therefore a lot of our captured audio was questionable. There were, however, a few that merited inclusion in this report. Our second investigation was fruitful in that we did capture some audio and we continue to believe some sort of activity is occurring in the church, though its source is still unknown. The church member’s house was quiet and the only evidence captured was the unexpected EVP of several voices. This alone does not mean a location has activity, but it is a starting place and MVP would like to investigate the house more thoroughly in the future.

Case Status: CLOSED

Undisclosed Iowa Church – February 15, 2014

MVP was contacted by a member of an Iowa church regarding unexplained activity that has occurred within the church. Reported occurrences include hearing footsteps in hallway upstairs and above sanctuary, a figure seen at the altar, thesound of children giggling, object manipulation, lights turning on and off in the nursery, the feeling of being pushed when upstairs, theelevator moving on its own and lighting up, and noises in the kitchen.

MVP arrived at the church at 6:30PM with members Becky Reid, Bryce Carlson, Diana Smith in attendance. Several members of the church met the team at the church for interviews.

Following the interview and church tour, the members and their families left the premises with the investigation commencing around 8PM.

The Investigation

An EMF tour of the church concluded that there were no unusual electromagnetic fields

Command Center was set up in the coat room. The Night Owl DVR system was set up with one camera covering the sanctuary and a MiniDV camera set on the second floor covering the hallway, along with the geophone. A motion detector was set up at the altar along with an electromagnetic pump. There was a static voice recorder placed in the basement and two mobile voice recorders.

The investigation concluded around 11PM.

Personal Experiences

The team experienced some unexplained occurrences. Both Becky and Diana reported hearing a female moan and other noises in the nursery and second floor.. Diana reported hearing a voice on the second floor. All three investigators reported hearing unexplained sounds in the sanctuary. Becky experienced the elevator light turning on by itself without explanation. Both Becky and Bryce heard what they both described as organ music in the sanctuary. Bryce had reported that the DVR camera covering the sanctuary had moved on its own, however review determined that it was the camera refocusing.

Evidence

Audio

 This was the sound of a chair moving or something similar, heard by all three investigators.

This was a sound heard on both floors.

This was a female-sounding moan heard by both Diana and Becky in the nursery.

This possible organ music was captured in the sanctuary and heard by both Becky and Bryce.

An unknown noise captured in the sanctuary.

An unknown voice captured on the second floor and heard by Diana.

 

Video

No video evidence was captured.

 

Conclusion

MVP believes it was both an honor and privilege to be invited to investigate a church that still has an active congregation, as some denominations don’t necessarily believe in the paranormal and/or have different views about it. Being the first church the team has investigated, we didn’t know what we were walking into, but it was an experience worth while. While we didn’t experience any of the reported claims, we did experience some activity that has definitely opened us to a return investigation, should it be requested. We would like to get to the bottom of what could possibly be causing the activity in this beautiful building, and maybe even have a few members of the church join us.

Case Status: OPEN

Muscatine, IA Private Home – February 1, 2014

MVP was contacted by a single mother living in Muscatine, Iowa regarding a fair amount of unexplained activity occurring in her home. Reported occurrences included seeing a black mass, hearing footsteps, objects being moved, whispering, etc. Also reported are various lights in the house turning on by themselves and the pets being bothered often. She also said that her son experienced some activity, including his dresser drawers all pulling out evenly on their own and pounding on the walls.

Temperature upon arrival was 19 degrees with a partly cloudy sky. The moon phase was Waxing Crescent.

MVP arrived at the home at 6:30PM with members Becky Reid, Bryce Carlson, Sally Jacobs, Mandy Peters, and Terry Enright in attendance.

Following an interview and house tour, the homeowner left the premises with the investigation commencing around 8PM.

An EMF tour of the home concluded that there was an unusually high amount of electromagnetic fields throughout the house. An investigation of the electrical conduit in the basement concluded this to be the primary cause, with the homeowner being informed about it.

Command Center was set up in the dining room. The Night Owl DVR cameras were set up facing the kitchen, one covering the basement, and one the master bedroom. The geophone was set up in the son’s bedroom with a minidv camera recording it. Two 360-degree recorders were set up, one in the living room and the other in the master bedroom. Another recorder was set up in the basement. The cell sensor was set up in the living room. There were 2 mobile recorders, 2 mobile EMF detectors, and 2 digital cameras.

The investigation concluded around 11PM.

Personal Experiences

There were few personal experiences. Before the investigation started, at 7:30PM, it was reported that the light in the master bedroom was on when it confirmed that it had been turned off. At various times, everyone reported unexplained noises that were heard throughout the house, with no explanation.

Evidence

Audio

No audio evidence was captured.

Video

A noise is heard and the geophone flashes.

Movement upstairs and the geophone flashes.

 

Geophone flashes.

 

 

Conclusion

Though the team members didn’t experience any of the homeowner’s claims, we have no reason to doubt the homeowners’ claims about the house. While we usually look at the lack of activity as a good sign, the owner has already reported additional activity occurring within the home. One investigation usually isn’t enough time to try to fully determine what is happening at a location, so MVP looks forward to hopefully investigating this property again so we can end or at least determine the source of paranormal activity.

Case Status: OPEN

Coal Valley, IL Private Homes – April 27, 2013

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MVP returned to Coal Valley on April 27, 2013 to confront head-on the paranormal activity that had been plaguing the small home and its family for years, and to newly investigate the neighboring house, where the grandmother lives.

For previous activity reports, please refer to the April 6, 2013 investigation report. In the grandmother’s house, her claims included objects moving, a baby crying with no source, and the phone repeatedly ringing with no incoming calls.

Temperature upon arrival was 60 degrees with a clear sky. The moon phase was Full.

MVP arrived at the home around 7:10PM with members Becky Reid, Bryce Carlson, Stephanie Adams, Diana Smith, Steve Danielsen, and Mandy Peters in attendance.

Following a follow-up with the family, the team met with the grandmother for an interview and tour of her house. Following this, all the clients left the premises and the investigation commenced at 8:20PM. This investigation was unique in that the team was investigating two houses simultaneously. The investigation of both houses ended at 12:45AM.

Command Center was set up in the dining, with Bryce doing data entry and time-keeping. In the family’s house, there were 2 voice recorders in the back living room, 1 voice recorder in one of the childrens’ rooms, a video camera in the master bedroom, and an EM pump, geophone, and video camera in the hallway. At the grandmother’s house, there was an EM pump and 2 voice recorders. Additionally, there were 2 digital cameras, a mobile voice recorder, and a full-sprectrum digital camera.

A K2 session also was performed at both locations with mixed results. A spirit box session was also tried with mixed results. Coins were set out at various locations in the grandmother’s house, with no resulting movement.

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Personal Experiences

The Family’s House

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During the follow-up with the family, everyone present heard what sounded like a growl or burp that couldn’t be explained along with two moaning noises. At 8:37, Becky and Bryce both heard bumps coming from the door to the garage, with no explanation. At 8:55, Steph and Amanda witnessed unexplained lights occurring in the dining room. At 9:18, Steph experienced a static electricity-like feeling in the front living room. At 9:28, Steph and Mandy experienced a flashlight moving on its own in the front living room. At 9:34, both Steph and Mandy heard a female voice in the front living room. At 10:36, Becky reported hearing a whimpering sound coming from the master bedroom. At 10:40, Diana experienced a static electricity phenomenon in the front living room. At 11:18 and 11:28, Steve experienced object movement in the back living room and dining room while alone. Starting at 11:29, nearly everyone started smelling a cat urine-like odor in both the kitchen and dining room, this occurring randomly all the way until the investigation concluded. At 11:57, Mandy reported that she was touched on the left arm while in the dining room. At 12:00, Becky and Diana felt a static electricity sensation in the dining room. At 12:06, Steph experienced something kicking her chair in the dining room. At 12:16, both Becky and Mandy reported a visible orb in the back living room. At 12:18, Mandy reported the sensation of fingers combing through her hair while in the dining room. At 12:21, Steph reported being touched on the shoulder while in the dining room. At 12:23, Becky and Mandy reported a strange, unexplained noise in the kitchen. At 12:26, Steph reported feeling a heaviness in the dining room.

The Grandmother’s House

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At 8:52, Bryce reported an unexplainable noise in the living room. At 9:00, Becky and Bryce both heard loud shuffling coming from one of the back bedrooms. At 9:12, Bryce witnessed shadow movement in the hallway. At 9:15, Becky heard an unexplained ‘thud’ in the master bedroom. She also reported another noise at 9:16. At 9:18, Bryce reported a large shadow moving in the hallway. At 9:20, both Bryce and Diana heard a snapping noise coming from one of the back bedrooms. At 9:22, Diana witnessed an orb moving in the kitchen. At 9:30, Becky reported lights in the hallway. At 9:32, Bryce experienced a bed in one of the back bedrooms moving. At 10:15, Mandy reported unexplained lights in the living room. At 10:19, Steph witnessed an orb in the living room.

Evidence

Audio

This was the disembodied growl or burp we heard before the start of the investigation

This was one of the moans we also heard before the investigation

The other moan we heard

This was the shuffling we heard in the grandmother’s house that we were unable to explain

An unexplained sound, sounding like something slamming to the ground

 

Video

No video evidence was captured.

Conclusion

Again, there were several personal experiences, even some unexplained noises that were heard and captured while talking with the family. We do believe that activity is occurring at the family’s house and following our investigation of the grandmother’s house, there also appears to be mild, nonthreatening activity in her home as well. We will work with the family in the coming weeks to attempt to reduce, if not rid, the home of any and all paranormal activity so the family can finally be at peace in their home.

Case Status: CLOSED