Private Home Moline, IL July, 2008

A woman contacted us from Moline, Illinois with reports of strange activity in the home that she, her husband, and her small baby was occupying.  Here is her initial report to us in email…

We are interested in your investigation but we are gathering our information to present to you with some details. Basically we have been at the house for almost 8 years. A presence was felt soon after but never threatening. We know there has been a death in the driveway of our home within a couple of years of us purchasing the home. “It” comes and goes but increases if we do improvements to the house, like he is checking on us or something. It is located mainly in one bedroom and through the hallway and rarely in the living room or kitchen. We were fine with “it” for awhile but lately more things have happened. My son was in our bedroom playing and suddenly got very scared and was looking at the corner of the room and ran to me in the doorway. I told “it” that it was fine to be here but do not mess with our child so then I walked into my son’s room and a diaper box that was sitting up suddenly fell over by itself. My husband had an experience in the living room where lots of toys suddenly made noise by themselves but I was going to get more information about that. I have more incidents but those are the most recent.

A team of Steph, Becky, Chris, Sarah, and Diana was assembled and arrived at the home to do the interview and walk through around 6 p.m.  The home itself was small so it did not take much time for Chris, Sarah, and Diana to be shown the son’s bedroom where most of the activity seems to occur and then the hallway and second bedroom as well.   The only other rooms of the house are the living room and kitchen, which are conjoined to form almost one big room, the bathroom, and the outside deck area of the home.

During the interview with Steph and Becky more information was acquired and also more details discussed with some of what was already told to us before.  The wife started the interview and the husband joined in after the walk-thru was finished with the entire team witnessing the rest of its duration and completion.

The previous owner who had died in the house had been found out on the driveway already passed on from a heart attack.  That owner had suffered from diabetes and eventually went blind before death.  His wife remained in the house shortly before selling it to a contractor who then sold it to the present owners.

Most of the experiences seem to be that the woman feels watched some of the time and actually sees things pass from the corner of her eye.  She will ask if her husband is there when she sees a form walk behind her across the hallway but he will not be.  She has felt a presence pass her in the hallway including the slight breeze accompanying it but no one was there.  She does talk out loud to it whenever it seems to involve the baby or issues related to him and has gotten angry only when the presence seemed to affect her son.

The man of the house will see shadows that quickly move from one room to another, but there is no shape to them and they disappear very quickly.  One day the husband saw something pass outside of the window, as if something was walking down the driveway then saw something appear to stop in front of the window and kneel down to look inside at him.  A face was seen in the window but it was not clearly outlined, best described as how a person may see their reflection in the water or as a charcoal drawing.  The form then “stood” back up and was gone.  There was no one that he knew of outside at the time of this experience.  He also heard toys begin to play by themselves in a toy box, first one then another and another and there was no one in the room to physically turn them on as they are manual toys.  The gate outside has also opened by itself for the man and the son to walk thru and this can only be done by physical means as it is not an easy gate to open.

A team of Becky, Steph, Chris, Sarah, Diana, Amy, Jacque, and Pam arrived back at the house at around 8:30 p.m. and split into teams of two with four people in each group.

Lead investigator Becky went into the home first with her team while lead investigator Steph and her team stayed out in the deck area of the house.  The two owners remained inside the living room in the house.  Becky’s team consisted of herself, Chris, Amy, and Jacque while Steph’s team included herself, Sarah, Diana, and Pam.

While inside the house Becky’s team first went into the son’s room and conducted an EVP session there while also checking for any fluctuating magnetic activity or temperature changes.  While in the room Becky and Chris did notice some fluctuations of both things in a stable area but nothing else happened to make the activity substantial.  The team then exited the room and returned back to the deck area.

Steph’s team then went inside the home and also went to the son’s bedroom, where much of the same activity was conducted… Steph did most of the EVP session and Sarah and Diana monitored their EMF meters.  Sarah, Diana, and Steph all had their voice recorders running and Pam videotaped the group and room while this was being done and also took some pictures.  No activity was experienced in this room so the group decided to go to the parent’s bedroom and conducted another EVP session.  Before leaving the room, Steph placed her Digital Voice Recorder in the son’s bedroom to continue playing while the room remained empty and after finished in the parent’s bedroom, Sarah left her Digital Recorder in there for the same reason.

The entire team remained out in the deck area of the home for about 30 minutes to give the recorders some time to record anything unusual.  During that time Steph and Amy went outside in the driveway to do another EVP session using Amy’s recorder, and took a few pictures of the area.  There were neighbors out in their yard at the time, so that particular session was hard to conduct.

The team decided to call the investigation as they felt they had done all that they could do considering the size of the house and the fact that the owners had remained in the living room during the investigation so only a few rooms could be investigated during the night.  The team left the home around 10:00 p.m. with no personal experiences reported from any of the members.


After going through all of the evidence, nothing was found that was unexplained or viable.


We concluded just from our one investigation that we could not find anything paranormal in the residence.  This does not mean that nothing is there or that any experiences haven’t happened to the owners, we just didn’t find anything to aid the unexplained nature as to what they have experienced.  For now the case is closed, unless the family decided to contact us again for another investigation.

For now the case is closed, unless the family decides to contact us again for another investigation.

Case Status: CLOSED

Private Home Eldridge, IA June 28, 2008

MVP was contacted by a couple in Eldridge experiencing several unsettling experiences in their small apartment in which they felt they needed some sort of explanation for.  This was their initial report…

We have had many experiences here. We have had cupboard doors shut on their own, or open. We had one time where it sounded like a bunch of boxes falling in one of the kid’s rooms but there was no boxes at all, even scared the cat. Bobie being pushed out the door downstairs, left marks that I took pictures of. We hear footsteps from time to time. We have had something just loudly whisper our names in our faces while trying to sleep, making us sit up straight in bed. There have been times where we have a plate in our hand and all the sudden this force comes from nowhere and knocks it out of our hand. I was sitting by Bobie one time as she went to put a cookie in her mouth, it was like an invisible force just smacked it out of her hand. I sat there speechless, shocked, and in awe. Things have been moved, or disappeared. It has been quiet lately. We are not afraid, just want to know who it is, what they want, why us, things like that. We believe in the supernatural because we have both had experiences all of our lives. We are enclosing some pictures, the one with the TV if you could blow it up, it almost looks like a worm or snake type thing.

The couple also reported that the activity had been quiet as of late and that they had also put a crucifix up not too long ago as well.  If the two things are connected it is not known.

A small team of Steph, Rick, and Becky arrived at the apartment to conduct an interview and do a small walk-thru of the residence.  Steph interviewed the man and woman while Becky took notes and Rick witnessed the interview.  None of the children were present at the interview nor during any of the investigation that followed.  The team was shown the “hot spots” of the apartment such as the kitchen, side bedroom, and bathtub.

More information acquired in the interview was that the couple had lived in the apartment for about four years and the incidents began to start about six months after moving in.  Upon researching the house the couple discovered from their landlord that the previous occupant had been abusive to her children, locking them into closets in the apartment literally and finally the children were indeed taken away by DCFS.  They have not discussed their experiences with anyone else that live in the complex nor has anyone else said anything to them about any experiences of their own.

In addition to the incidents mentioned above, the owners also reported seeing a black shadow moving from one room out into the hallway and into another room around the same time every night.  Also, that one of their cats repeatedly stares at something in the hallway around the same time at night and makes a ruckus trying to get out of the front door.  Eventually, the cat calms down and does not repeat the same incident the same night.  The other animals of the house do not seem to do this at all.  A few of their children’s friend who have stayed in the house have reported not wanting to stay again and not feeling comfortable in the apartment although they had no prior knowledge of the experiences.  The woman of the residence also reported feeling that something is always watching her in the bathtub while she is taking a shower and that she refuses now to take a shower alone without someone in the bathroom with her.

The apartment consists of two bedrooms, one bathroom, a kitchen, and living room area.  Only a small team would be needed to investigate due to the limited size.

Rick, Becky, and Steph returned back to the apartment around 8:30 p.m. with the additional members… Chris, Diana, Amy, and Sarah.  After discussing which members would perform the investigation, Steph, Chris, Amy, and Sarah decided to stay in Eldridge while the other three members left after a short conversation with the owners to do work on another investigation.

The team started out by doing a walk-thru of the place seeing if anything in the apartment contained any strong EMF readings that could be noted and found nothing out of the ordinary.  Chris felt a heavy presence in one of the bedroom’s closets, and the members could see the marks where the previous owner had put locks on the outside of the closet doors.  Steph stood in the bathtub by herself to see if she felt anything unusual, and conducted a very short EVP session there.  All of the animals in the apartment were rounded up and taken out of the two bedrooms so that the team would know where they were at all times.  A DVR was placed in the son’s bedroom with the door shut, and another in the closet of the other bedroom where Chris had felt the heavy air.  This door was also shut so that the outside noise in the other rooms would be diminished.

An EVP session was performed out in the living room and kitchen area with all of the members present after which the team split up into teams with two going into each bedroom shutting the door behind us.  Sarah and Chris sat in the side bedroom, where the couple said the most activity occurs, and Steph and Amy in the other bedroom.  Both teams performed an EVP session and after about 20 minutes met back out into the hallway.  It was decided that the team would leave the apartment for some time while leaving all of our DVR recorders running at different points in the apartment to see if anything would be caught.  Sarah left her DVR in the kitchen, Steph left hers in the son’s bedroom, and Chris left his in the closet of the side bedroom with an EMF detector also in the room lying stationary on a table that was away from anything that could set it off.

After the team returned back into the apartment from outside, the team and now the couple of the home moved back out into the living room and conducted another EVP session with the man of the home also asking questions to see if anything would respond to him.  A flashlight was placed in the hallway strategically facing the room where the owners usually saw the shadow and the members also kept a look out for anything unusual there while the EVP session was going on.

While sitting in the living room the EMF detector that had been left in the same place as when we had left did go off on its own a few times, usually only a beep or two but nothing else happened and the detector did not go off on cue.  The rocking chair, that the couple also reported seeing rock before on its own in the room also did not move during the time we were watching it.  The team wrapped up the investigation around 11:00 p.m. while meeting Becky, Rick, and Diana out in the parking lot to discuss anything significant from our concurrent investigations.


After reviewing everything received from that night on the Digital Voice Recorders, other than a few random EMF sounds there was nothing to report.  This also includes pictures from various cameras.  It must be said that there were five cats and one dog in the apartment and it was also windy that night, so many sounds on the DVRs had to be doubted due to these facts or were debunked.


Although MVP did not get anything substantial to support anything paranormal or unexplained in the house that night does not mean that anything does not happen there or perhaps will continue to happen to the people who live there.  We informed the owners that they are free to contact again with any questions or if they feel that they are in danger in any way and we can conduct another investigation for them.  For now the case is closed.

Note: We did not include a picture of the outside of the apartment since it is part of a complex and we didn’t want to disclose anything that we did not have permission for from anyone else in the complex including other residents or the landlord.

Case Status: CLOSED


The couple has since moved from the location and all the activity has now stopped.  They are very happy that they can now have peace.

Private Home Erie, IL June 25, 2008

MVP was contacted by the owner of the airport to do an investigation of his private residence. The previous owner was murdered by his wife( she is in prison now) while he was in bed. In the last 10 years the new owner and his wife have both had some strange things happen to them. The two dogs really act like they are watching someone at times. The couple has heard footsteps and
unexplained noises. One night, he put his boots side by side on the floor, when he woke up, the boots had been moved to form a perfect square. Also that night, the two dogs were making a lot of noise, but he didn’t check on them as he thought they were just playing around. When he went to let them out of the room in the morning, he
saw a piece of trim was lodged into the door frame like someone was trying to keep the door closed.

When the female owner was home alone one day, she heard a voice call out asking if anyone was home. She immediately checked outside for anyone on the property or on the driveway but there was no one around at all. There was also no one in the home with her. Another time when she was alone in the house she was in the hallway when she felt a presence “scare her” by touching her sides and making a grunting noise as if it was playing a kind of game that her husband usually does when he is home.

Downstairs in the basement, the male owner also reported seeing a pair of legs walking behind him in a mirror as he was going into the office. There was no one else in the basement at the time. The female owner as well as the daughter in the home had seen this as well. None of them discussed this with the other ones until it finally came out and then each of them reported seeing this apparition in the mirror.

A team consisting of Rick, Steph, Becky, Chris and Sarah was formed to do an investigation on June 25, 2008. Steph and Becky conducted interviews with the family while Chris, Rick and Sarah did a walk through of the home. The house consists of a main floor with living room, dining room, kitchen and bath and a finished basement with a family room and office.

MVP arrived with voice recorders, EMF meters, temperature probes, digital cameras, and a night vision camcorder.

The team started the investigation in the main bedroom where the former owner was killed. We conducted several EVP sessions and did sweeps of the room. Next we moved to the other bedrooms, where several members experienced a heavy feeling in one of them.We next moved to the basement and continued the investigation in the family room and office. No one on the team reported any personal experiences until almost the end of the investigation.

While in the office, Chris noticed that a model plane, hanging on a wire, had begun to slowly rotate. He checked for drafts, air leaks or fans and could find nothing. After the plane had slowly rotated a turn and a half and began moving as if on his command, Rick snapped several photos and went upstairs to retrieve the camcorder.


Meanwhile, Becky, Steph, and Sarah all heard a knock coming from the main floor while they were in the basement. The owner said it sounded like when the dog jumps off the couch, but both dogs were by him. They went upstairs to check it out. While sitting in the living room they heard a second thump come from the back girl’s bedroom.They went down there and heard a third thump that sounded like it was from the front of the house again. They decided to go into the main bedroom. While in there asking for a sign, Becky handed her recorder to Steph and went to the bathroom to get a drink. While standing facing the mirror and sink, she saw a flash of movement out of the corner of her eye and heard a loud noise. When she looked for the source of the noise, she found that an air freshener can had come off the vanity and hit the toilet and fell on the floor. This scared her very much as she knew she was no where near it to have knocked it over. Becky asked the homeowners if it had been sitting on top of the toilet or on the vanity and they said they always set it on the vanity, because it can fall over on the toilet. Chris checked out the vanity top and saw that the edge of it was raised, so a can could not have been placed on the edge and tipped over. Back at the downstairs office, Rick and Chris asked the plane to move again, and Rick recorded video of the nose of the plane slowly moving to face him and then stop.



“Plane Moving/Bump from the Bedroom”

“Heavy Breath”

“Air Freshener”


Greenwood Cemetery Muscatine, IA May 10, 2008

On May 10th, 2008, at approximately 8:00 p.m., team of Rick, Stephanie and Becky decided to make a trip to Greenwood Cemetery in Muscatine to find the site of the Blue Angel.

Rick and Becky examine the mausoleum.

Blue Angel MAS - Orbs and Streak of Light

The Blue Angel sits encapsulated in the Harry W. Huttig mausoleum in a remote section of the cemetery. For several years, the angel, given her name due to the blue stained-glass windows at her back, held a red rose in her right hand.The most common legend states that if she drops the rose while someone is watching, the viewer will soon meet their demise.

Others say that the statue will come alive. People also reported hearing footsteps in the cemetery when no one was around.

Years ago, the angel’s hand was reported broken. There is still speculation whether or not the hand fell off or if it was cut off.

Rick and Stephanie took pictures of the black angel and surrounding area. The team of three also used a digital recorder to try to capture some EVPS and/or any unexplained noises.

As the team was leaving, Stephanie and Becky noticed a sweet flowery fragrance by where the car was parked and tried to see where it was coming from. The hanging baskets in the immediate area held artificial flowers,
so the smell was not coming from there. As they were looking for the source, Rick noticed a fresh grave next to where they were parked.

Stephanie felt drawn to take a picture of it and captured an unexplained ball of white light  rising from the grave site. There were no lights in the area, and we were the only ones at the location. The ball of light was not visible with the naked eye.

Fresh Grave - Light


Blue Angel MAS



No EVPs were captured on the digital recorder. Rick sent the picture of the white light to TAPS and Patti Starr to be analyzed.

Private Home Muscatine, IA #1 April 26, 2008


Rick was contacted by a couple from Muscatine who wanted MVP to come to their home to do an investigation. They had been experiencing unexplained noises, footsteps, voices, shadowy figures and lights turning off and on during the two years they have resided at the residence.

A crack team consisting of Rick, Becky, Stephanie, Bryce, Mike, and Char was assembled to investigate the home after the April Meeting on Saturday, April 26.

The MVP team arrived in Muscatine at 5:45 pm and proceeded to interview the clients and conduct a walk-through.

Stephanie and Becky interviewed the couple and received the following information:

There are 4 occupants in the home, 3 downstairs, and 1 upstairs. The owners have lived in the 100 year old home about 3 years and have done some remodeling during that time. They believe there were 2 deaths in the home, one of the original builder, and one of a female owner who may have died from diabetes.

All members of the family have witnessed some kind of unexplained occurrences. The husband, wife, and their son reported hearing footsteps upstairs after the upstairs tenant had left for work at night. They have heard loud noises that sound like objects being dropped and kitchen chairs being slid across the floor. The son reported hearing music from upstairs when no one was home.

There is only one entrance to the upstairs apartment, a set of interior steps, so the couple would be aware of anyone coming and going. Only the owners and the upstairs tenant have keys to the upstairs apartment. In the downstairs area, they have experienced a light being turned off and on in the living room, noises in their kitchen and basement, and dark shadows in the bedroom doorway.

The client showed us a picture that had appeared on the leg of the upstairs tenant’s computer chair. On the base of the chair were the initials “JHS” and what resembled an inverted trident. The tenant reported they were not there when he left for work.

The husband says he has come to terms with the fact that their house may be haunted, the wife is slightly afraid. They both would like some answers.

The initial walk through was conducted by Bryce, Mike, Rick and Char. We were only able to check out the downstairs area and basement at this time, as the upstairs tenant was sleeping.

The team took temperature readings, EMF sweeps and photos of the two bedrooms, living room, kitchen and basement. Temperatures were constant at 70 degrees F with only a few degrees variation between rooms. High EMF readings (1-3 milligauss) were obtained on the floor of the kitchen area and the hallway leading out to the stairs. An investigation of the basement showed wires in the ceiling emitting high EMF readings (25 milligauss plus) and a fuse box with very high EMF leakage (over 100 milligauss). The wires ran under the kitchen area which accounted for the higher EMF readings in this room.

We also examined the living room light which reportedly turned off and on by itself, and could detect no loose wires or other factors which would cause this to happen.

No other discernible phenomena was witnessed.

After the interview and walk through, it was decided to return to the house at 9 PM to do a walk-thru of the upstairs area and begin a full house investigation.

The team returned at 9:00 PM and began an initial search of the upstairs apartment. Equipment consisted of a Sony mini-DVD camcorder with night vision, three digital camera, three DVR voice recorders, a digital thermometer and two EMF Detectors.

The owner gave the team a walk through upstairs. He pointed out the areas where noises and footsteps were heard, specifically the front living room and the kitchen. He also pointed out the computer chair with the writing in the dust on the chair’s legs. He then pointed out the attic, where no activity has been reported, but some members of the team wanted to investigate it nonetheless.

Following the walk through, we went lights out and the team split up. Mike, Bryce, and Char started downstairs in the clients’ bedroom while Stephanie, Becky, and Rick were upstairs. In the downstairs bedroom, there was significant noise contamination from a party going on at the next door house.  Upstairs in the front room, Steph, Becky, and Rick all heard some noises coming from the other end of the hallway in the kitchen area.  These noises were caught on tape as they sounded like “tinging” or metal against metal noises.  At this time Bryce radioed us from downstairs that they were hearing noises in the room above them which was the kitchen area in the upstairs.  The upstairs team indicated that they were hearing noises in that area as well and went to investigate the kitchen.

While in the kitchen Becky’s recorder was left alone in the front room of the upstairs, where the three of us just were, and some noises were caught at that time which we heard when we reviewed the tape.  We found nothing in the kitchen at that time.

After approximately 15 minutes, the teams switched locations. Upstairs, Bryce, Mike, and Char started in the front room with the chair. Some unexplained noises were heard before they moved to the next room over, the TV/bedroom. Mike discovered a large vent that amplified noises from other rooms. It was in this room that several more unexplained noises were heard. They briefly investigated the kitchen before going back downstairs.

The team decided to concentrate all their efforts upstairs, where most of the activity had taken place during our investigation.

Rick, Mike, and Bryce went briefly into the attic, but because of all the dust and the party next door, it was a poor location for investigation.

The whole team convened in the front room, placing a motion detector in the kitchen and the hallway. They conducted an EVP session before splitting into three smaller teams, Bryce and Char, Becky and Mike, and Rick and Stephanie. Mike and Becky stayed in the front room, Bryce and Char went into the TV/bed room, and Rick and Stephanie went into the kitchen. More EVP questions were asked and the team wrapped up following this, around midnight.


After listening to all the audio, we were able to isolate several EVPs. Becky and Steph spent several hours with the audio, and sent their findings to all the members. After much discussion, these are the EVPs we feel are valid.



“Noises on Command”



“Walkie Talkie Disturbance”

“Deep Voice: No”


“Whistling and Noises”



We took several photos that displayed “orbs” but because of the dust in the air, we do not consider them as evidence.

Another unexplained phenomena involved a computer chair with the letters “JHS” and an inverted trident written on the base in dust. No one at the house was able to explain the source of the writing. Rick did some research on the web and came up with some possible explanations…

JHS- In the Latin-speaking Christianity of medieval Western Europe (and so among Catholics and many Protestants today), the most common Christogram is “IHS” or “IHC”, derived from the first three letters of the Greek name of Jesus, iota-eta-sigma or ΙΗΣ. Here the Greek letter eta was transliterated as the letter H in the Latin-speaking West (Greek eta and Latin-alphabet H had the same visual appearance and shared a common historical origin), while the Greek letter sigma was either transliterated as the Latin letter C (due to the visually-similar form of the lunate sigma), or as Latin S (since these letters of the two alphabets wrote the same sound). Because the Latin-alphabet letters I and J were not systematically distinguished until the 17th century, “JHS” and “JHC” are equivalent to “IHS” and “IHC”.

INVERTED TRIDENT- The trident, symbol of the bull-horned, master of the heavens, has since been inverted by the Christians to become the symbol of a monster, the symbol of the Devil, of unspeakable evil. The syncretist tolerance which characterized Greek religion was replaced by the ideals of the Judaic faith.

Steph advanced the theory that maybe the Jesus reference and the symbol is a manifestation of good and evil… like a dual personality?  Or perhaps one is trying to warn of the other?  OR possibly during the investigation distract us from another?


Becky called the clients Friday night, May 2nd, and talked to the husband. First she asked him how things have been since we were there. He reported that the light has gone off and on again, and that they have heard footsteps upstairs and in the basement, among other things. They said that they have been keeping a log which they will share with the team. She asked him if we could come to the house and present our evidence on Saturday the 10th. He was very agreeable to it.


Based on the EVPs and the unexplained writing on the computer chair, as well as the continuing activity, we feel another investigation is warranted. We have scheduled a follow-up investigation for Saturday, May 17th, after our monthly meeting.

Case Status: OPEN

Private Home Muscatine, IA #2 Investigation May 10, 2008


Because of the EVPS we recovered on audio and the flash of light on video, we decided to drive to Muscatine to present the evidence to the clients and conduct another investigation. Steph, Rick and Becky arrived at the house at 5:45 PM and sat down to present the couple with the audio and video evidence

The husband and wife both recognized footsteps from the audio as ones they had heard, and thought one of the EVP voices sounded familiar. They stated that since the last investigation, the light in the living room still turns on by itself and they have heard noises from the upstairs apartment and basement when no one was around. The
husband seemed validated by the evidence and the wife seemed a little frightened. The team agreed to return after 9 PM and conduct another investigation.

After doing an investigation at Greenwood Cemetery, specifically the Blue Angel, (see Mini-Investigation Notes)  the team returned to the house at 9:20 PM. Equipment consisted of three DVR recorders, two EMF meters, one digital thermometer, one mini-DVD Night-vision camcorder and two digital cameras.

The first area we investigated was the upstairs front room where we had heard whistling and laughing before, and where the symbols had appeared on the chair. After doing an EVP session and taking pictures, the team moved on to the upstairs kitchen. Becky left her audio recorder behind in the front room.

In the kitchen,  the whole team experienced a feeling of unease and Steph started feeling cold. She was able to record about a 10 degree temperature fluctuation on the digital thermometer in her area. The team did some EVP work and checked for EMF readings. Rick left his audio recorder in the kitchen and we decided to investigate the upstairs living room next.

In the living room, Steph ran the video camera, and Rick and Becky did EVP work with Steph’s audio recorder.

We moved back to the front room to do another sweep and to sit quietly for awhile and try to feel out the place. Stephanie was sitting on the floor and she heard blatant footsteps. We thought it was her moving, but it turned out it wasn’t and she felt the floor boards move
as well.  While sitting there, Rick thought he saw a black shadow move in the hallway and Steph had also sensed something behind her while in the room.

Next, we took some readings in the hallway and went back to the kitchen area. Entering the kitchen, Rick and Steph felt an overwhelming pressure and started to experience headaches and dizziness. Moving to the corner area next to the refrigerator intensified the feelings. Both Becky and Steph felt uneasy, and the
hair stood up on Rick’s arms. It was decided to leave audio recorders in the hallway and bedroom and the camcorder running in the kitchen pointed towards the hall. We took the extra audio recorder downstairs to record evidence.

Downstairs, the team conducted investigations in the son’s bedroom and the couple’s bedroom. No activity was recorded, and Rick or Becky felt no spiritual presence centered in these areas. Steph however thought she felt something briefly in the son’s room.  While downstairs, noises were heard from the upstairs above.

The team gathered up the equipment and ended the investigation at 11:45 PM.





“Footsteps Besides Steph”


“Long Whistle”

“Loud Noises and Bangs While Alone”

“More Noises While Alone”


Nothing was caught on video, although the bangs we heard while downstairs were recorded.


The team feels that there is activity of some kind in the house, centered in the upstairs apartment. The owners have promised to keep us updated on any further activity.

Case Status: OPEN

Private Home Muscatine, IA #3 Investigation June, 2008


We decided to do a third investigation as a team at the home, as the evidence from our second investigation was just too strong to ignore and we wanted to see if we could finally bring some peace to the family. The husband and wife had already reviewed the evidence from the last investigation on our website and on May 29th had called and spoke to Stephanie about some seemingly escalating activity at their home.

The husband felt like he had been choked one night as he was lying in bed, and his wife had experienced some scratching on her bed pillow as well as something big flying by her head in her bedroom when no one was in the room with her. The husband’s brother, who had been staying with them, also had an experience where something had woke him up in the night by poking him in the side. Both the husband and wife had heard some more noises from upstairs since we had been there and the wife felt more and more uneasy with the situation. Rick, a lead investigator suggested to light some candles in retaliation but that seemed to make things worse so Steph suggested putting a cross up in the bedroom just to gain strength from. We assured them that we would be back the next weekend and Steph let them know they could call her if they really felt the need to.

A team consisting of Steph, Becky, Chris, and Christi arrived a the home around 7:30 p.m. to do another walk through for the members that haven’t been there before and for the team to talk to the family to gather again what had happened since the last investigation. While leaving the home, members Steph and Christi both experienced an intense headache that they both felt come on while they were in the home and dissipated quickly after leaving the home. Neither one of them had been experiencing a headache before and it did not come back for the rest of the night.

The team visited Greenwood Cemetery again in Muscatine then returned to the home around 9:00 p.m. Equipment consisted of a digital camera, three DVR recorders, one EMF meter, and one digital thermometer.

After doing a quick sweep in the basement, the team did an EVP session in the downstairs bedroom while waiting for the upstairs occupant to leave to go to work.

While upstairs the team decided to investigate the attic first, then move to the front room, where we had gathered many of our EVPs before and where we had experienced the footsteps during the second investigation. After conducting an EVP session, the team then moved on to the kitchen, where another EVP session was conducted as well as using the EMF meter and digital thermometer. The team then decided to leave our digital recorders running upstairs by themselves while we all went downstairs as this was a way that we had caught some unexplained noises on the recorders before. Steph left her recorder running in the hallway, Becky in the front bedroom with an EMF lying next to it as well, and Chris left his in the kitchen.

After returning upstairs, Steph did some comparing of noises to the “loud banging” noises that we had heard in the second investigation recording when the recorder had been left in the same place in the hallway on a case of water bottles that had not been opened. After comparing sounds what is believed to be heard in that EVP is the sound of a box next to the case of water being hit or shoved repeatedly against the wall and then a DVD falling over as the sounds match uncannily alike. This would result in the manifestation of physical strength of the entity as there was nothing up there to hit the box like recorded.

As a team we then decided to split up, Chris and Stephanie went to the kitchen and conducted an EVP session there and Becky and Christi conducted an EVP session in the front room. While Becky and Christi were doing their session there was an instance where the EMF meter went off once out of the blue after which Christi believed she had seen a shadow out in the hallway around the same time. They also heard footsteps out in the hallway at one time but this was not caught on the recorder. Steph and Chris thought they heard a noise coming from inside a small closet in the kitchen but had no further experiences. After about a half hour the team switched places and then decided to call it a night at around 11:20 p.m.

“EMF and Shadow”


After reviewing all the DVRs nothing viable was caught on this investigation.


We as a team believe due to the evidence we had gathered on our first two investigations that there is something unexplained going on in that house. We hope that the cross is keeping the maliciousness away or perhaps whatever is going on just didn’t show itself this evening. One of the investigators believes that perhaps the entity in the house is feeding off of negativity between some of the members of the house and if that would cease so would the increasing activity. Another investigator feels that the spirit in the house is male and is possessive of the house, and also a little “old-fashioned” with a high rebellion about being taped and being told what to do (especially from women). We will continue to keep in contact with the family and told them to keep in contact as well, for as long as they feel safe we feel as if though we did our job. As of now we have no plans to return, but we do feel as if there are some things we have taken away from the home in Muscatine that are unexplained.

Case Status: CLOSED

Private Home Muscatine, IA #4 Investigation July 25, 2009

MVP investigated this residence back in May of 2008. Recently the owner contacted Steph and informed her that activity had again resumed. He reported hearing footsteps walking upstairs when no one was home, lights turning off and on, a heavy bang in the basement, and other unexplained noises. After our monthly meeting, a team consisting of Rick, Steph, Diana, Sally and Probationary Investigator Steve drove to Muscatine.We arrived on site at 5:30 and interviewed the home owner. The owner feels that the activity is centered upstairs around an old gentleman who built the house and who died in this area. They feel that the downstairs activity is caused by a woman who lived downstairs, lost her legs to diabetes, and also passed away in the house. During a walk-through of the house, we noted that a new resident was now living upstairs, and that the whole apartment had been redecorated. The team drove to Pizza Hut to discuss the case and enjoy a delicious meal.

At 8:00 we started the investigation. We decided to begin investigating in the upstairs apartment, since it seems that most of the activity was occurring in this area. Upstairs there is a kitchen, a living room, a bedroom, a bathroom and a storage area. There is also a door that leads to the attic. The team set up our equipment in the living room and started the investigation in the bedroom. We were equipped with a video camera, several voice recorders, a digital thermometer, a Cell Sensor and a KII Meter. The investigation began with an EVP session, asking questions of the gentleman who built this house. We also asked the presence to make a noise or move something. We continued EVP sessions in the kitchen, while keeping an eye on the hallway and storage area. Steph and Steve went up to the attic to look around.

After a time we decided to go downstairs for awhile and left recorders in the kitchen, bedroom, and attic. Motion detectors were set up in the hallway. In the basement we found high EMF readings from the wiring overhead and running down the support beams. There were some water pipes and heat ducts running close together from the furnace.

The group went back upstairs to the main floor to talk to the home owner. He uses a highly trained Guide Dog to help with his loss of vision. Steph thought we should bring the dog upstairs into the apartment to see if there was any response. Upon entering the apartment the dog went into the bedroom, hall, kitchen and finally to the living room. He did quite a bit of sniffing around in the first three areas, but showed no reaction. In the living room, the dog showed signs of nervousness and “tinkled” on the floor as he paced around. The home owner stated the dog has “never” done that before, and in fact is highly trained to only urinate outside. After the dog left, Steph cleaned up the mess.

As the dog was being taken downstairs and the group was getting ready to split up and go in the rooms, Steph heard a loud whisper next to her ear. She was leaving the living room and walking across the hall next to the kitchen at the time. She is not sure what it was but it was enough to startle her.

The team decided to split into groups, with Stephanie and Rick investigating the living room area, Diana in the kitchen and Sally and Steve in the front bed room.

In the living room, Steph and Rick kept hearing what sounded like footsteps or creaking noises within the room. They seemed to come from behind and in front of Steph, or from the closet in the room.

While in the front bedroom, Sally and Steve conducted EVP sessions with no apparent response, even after some mild provoking. They then moved into the smaller storage area. While in there, Sally had the sensation of cob webs on the side of her face, ear and then on her forearm. She had her teammate check to make sure there wasn’t any loose hairs on her shirt or cobwebs in the room. None could be found. When standing in the door way of the bedroom, Steve said he heard someone walk right in front of him into the bedroom. They again tried to conduct an EVP session and check for a response on the KII meter.

When we compared notes, the group in the bedroom told Rick and Steph that they were not walking around while the noises were heard, and in fact had heard noises of their own at the same time and thought the living room team was walking around.

We ended the investigation around 11:45 and retrieved our equipment. Before leaving, we enjoyed coffee and cookies with the home owners.

While in the car going home, Steph checked her cellphone and saw that she had a voice message from the home owner. He had called approximately five minutes after we left. The message stated that when the home owner went upstairs to turn out the lights and lock the attic door, he heard a voice telling him to “Get Out.” The “Get Out” was right when he was leaving the apartment, in the hallway. It was more of a strong whisper than a voice but he really thought he clearly heard “Get Out”. He said he got out.



“Bedroom Noises”

“Faint Whistle”

“Bedroom: I Got Three Taps”

“Living Room: Whisper”

“Living Room: Voice”

“Unexplained Noise”

“Whisper and Noise”

Note: Sally had this to say about the noises in the bedroom…”After listening back to the audio when Steph & Rick were hearing the footsteps in the living room, I remember I was sitting crisscross applesauce at the end of the bed and Steve was standing by the dresser in the bedroom. I could hear and feel the floor moving and
creaking. I told Steve and he thought it was you guys walking around in the other room. This was happening at the exact same time you heard the movement in the living room.”


Nothing paranormal showed up on the video tapes.




*Note-MVP does not consider orb pictures to be proof of paranormal activity


Because most of the audio the team captured was knocks, creaks and footsteps, we feel there is a presence in the house, but it is a presence that has no interest in interacting with anyone. Our Team Leader, Steph, feels it is the old man who built the house, and for whatever reason does not want visitors in the upstairs of the house or is just being grouchy. No one on the team felt anything harmful or the presence of anything with an evil intent. We feel if there is a spirit present, he just wants to be left alone.

Case Status: CLOSED

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.



“That’s OK.”

“Unknown Noise”


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

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