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.

THE INVESTIGATION

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

PHOTOS

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CONCLUSION

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

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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 INTERVIEW

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 WALK-THROUGH

The initial walk-thru 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 discernable phenomena was witnessed.

After the interview and walk-thru, 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 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 NightVision, three digital camera, three DVR voice recorders, a digital thermometer and two EMF Detectors.

The owner gave the team a walkthrough 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 walkthrough, 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.

EVIDENCE

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, along with comments…

AUDIO

EVP – Chuckle

EVP – Noises on Command

EVP – Whistling

EVP – Yes

Walkie-Talkie Disturbance

EVP – Deep Voice – No

EVP – Whistle – Tinging

EVP – Whistling – Noises


PHOTOS

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

EVIDENCE

17:37 EMF detector goes off
19:00 EMF detector goes crazy
19:20 The walkie goes off
19:32 The walkie and EMF detector go off
20:56 The EMF detector goes off
22:07 The EMF detector goes off
22:39 The EMF detector goes off
24:13 EMF detector goes crazy
24:48 EMF detector goes off in response to a question
26:01 It’s the cat!
27:25 EMF detector goes off
29:50 Steph smells bacon!

3. 33:00 Team hears footsteps or noises in upstairs kitchen.

4. 60:22 Video camera is stationary in upstairs kitchen. A small, bright orb shoots by at lower right of screen.

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?

CLIENT FOLLOW-UP

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.

CONCLUSION

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.

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

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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 fluxuation
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
blantent 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 area. 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.

EVIDENCE

AUDIO

2 Whistles

Footsteps

Footsteps Beside Steph

Groan

Long Whistle

Loud Noises-Bangs while Alone

Noises while Alone

VIDEO

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

CONCLUSION

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.

Sally Jacobs

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 Missouri Branch Lead Investigator

I have been interested in the paranormal for as long as I can remember. My purpose for joining MVP is to learn and discover as much information about the paranormal in a professional environment as I can. I have always had a genuine desire to help other people by sharing knowledge and to be able to combine that with my own interest in the paranormal is exciting to me. I do consider myself to be a skeptic in that I feel that any activity that is happening needs to try to be explained as something that can happen naturally. When thing are found that can’t be explained it’s just simply interesting.

Private Home Muscatine, IA #3 Investigation June, 2008

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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.

THE INVESTIGATION

A team consisting of Steph, Becky, Chris, and Christi arrived a the home around 7:30 p.m. to do another walk-thru 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 disappated 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.

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EVIDENCE

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

CONCLUSION

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

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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

THE INVESTIGATION

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.

UPDATE

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.

EVIDENCE

AUDIO

BedroomNoises

FaintWhistle

lvrm_whisper

Unexplained Noise

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lvrm_Voice

WhisperNoise

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.”

VIDEO
Nothing paranormal showed up on the video tapes.
PHOTOS

cruiser

orb

*Note-MVP does not consider orb pictures to be

proof of paranormal activity

CONCLUSION

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.

EVIDENCE

AUDIO

That’s ok

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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

Andrea Calkins

Andrea Burnett Calkins

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I’ve been interested in the paranormal & unexplained since I can remember. I watch & read anything I can find on the subjects. I’ve wanted to join an experienced paranormal group for a long time but only just recently found Mississippi Valley Paranomal. I noticed on their website that they were planning an investigation where I live so I contacted them to see if perhaps I could tag along. They were really great and allowed me to investigate with them so, my first investigation was at the Grand Opera House in Dubuque. It was really interesting seeing & using all the equipement so, needless to say I was hooked. I look forward to learning and experiencing as much as I can in the scientific research of the paranormal. I would consider myself a skeptic with the understanding that perhaps we don’t fully understand everything & maybe we’re not suppose to.

Amanda Peters

  Amanda Peters

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My interest in the paranormal began when I was pretty young. It started as a fascination with UFOs and aliens and bloomed into interest in ghosts, urban legends, unexplained stories, and all sorts of other mysteries. I became interested in investigating these things in 1999 when I spent some time in a local apartment complex which has long been rumored to have paranormal activity. In 2004, when the TV show “Ghost Hunters” hit the air, I realized that there were people out there who shared my interest in researching and unveiling the truth behind paranormal activity. MVP member and co-founder Becky Reid and I spent some time doing a few impromptu investigations in places that interested us because of a history of claims of activity and the results were amazing. It was enough to spark the interest for Becky to help form this group. While I became too busy with nursing school to participate in investigations anymore, my interest never waned. When the opportunity finally came again for me to be able to investigate with MVP, I jumped at the chance. I look forward to putting my “people skills” to work in future investigations and helping assist folks with claims of paranormal activity in their homes and businesses.