Paranormal Investigators Of Milwaukee

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Private Residence
April 6th, 2013
Paranormal Investigators of Milwaukee (PIM)

INVESTIGATORS: Andy and Jann

SPECIAL GUEST: Michael Brown, Executive Producer of Haunted State

ENVIRONMENTAL DATA - Time taken: 9:22 pm

Weather Outside: Rainy

Outside Temperature: 57.2 degrees

Wind Speed: 3.0 mph

Barometric Pressure: 49.6

Humidity: 82.6%

Moon Phase: 17% Full Waning Crescent

Geomagnetic Field: Quiet

Solar X-rays: Active

Solar Wind Speed: 349.6 km/sec

Solar Wind Density: 1.3 protons/cm3

Radio Sun: 10.7 cm flux; 134 sfu

Planetary K-index Now: Kp=1; quiet

Planetary K-index 24hr Max: Kp=2; quiet

Interplanetary Magnetic Field Btotal: 3.8 nT

Interplanetary Magnetic Field Bz: 2.3 nT south

Sunspot: Yes; 146

Coronal Holes: Yes; 2

ARRIVAL:

Jann and Andy arrived at 9:00 pm. They spoke with the clients regarding activity and conducted a brief walk through of the residence, which is a three-bedroom mobile home.

At 9:15 pm, Andy inspected the skirt around the residence for evidence of animal access under the home.

At 9:22 pm, Jann took readings with the Kestrel 3500 Weather Station of outside conditions. Andy began setting up equipment inside the home. Jann then took indoor baseline readings of temperature and EMF (electromagnetic frequency) while Andy continued to set up equipment. Andy placed Extech RHT10 data loggers in the Kitchen and the Laundry room. Dataloggers are used to take temperature and humidity readings at set time intervals.

In the Dining Room, a Sony DCR-SR45 camera with a wide angle lens was placed under the counter so it captured the floor of the Dining Room, Kitchen, and entrance to the Bedroom.

Several plastic balls owned by the client were placed on the Kitchen and Dining Room floor as trigger objects.

A Zoom H1 audio recorder was placed on the Kitchen floor, and another was placed in front of the Bedroom door where the client reported hearing a ball rolling, shuffling, and footsteps.

A Zoom H2 audio recorder was placed in the Master Bedroom where the client heard the door to the Master Bath open and heard a loud bang through the wall toward the Dining Room.

Both investigators used Zoom H1 recorders as control recorders that were carried during the investigation.

REPORTED ACTIVITIES:

  • Loud bangs, footsteps, sounds like people shuffling around in the Kitchen. These sounds of shuffling and that of a ball rolling were caught on a digital audio recorder by the client
  • TV turns off on its own
  • Toys turn on
  • The door to the Master Bath is found open after being left closed. The sound of the door opening has been observed
  • Strange noises heard from closet
INVESTIGATION:

START TIME: 9:40 pm

LOCATION: Laundry Room, Living Room, Kitchen, Dining Room, Master Bedroom, and Master Bath

Jann and Andy attempted to find explanations for the various claims.

Andy found that the door to the Laundry room closet contained no doorknob. When this door was closed in its doorjamb, it produced a sound of the proper tone and volume that, when heard from the Master Bedroom, met the description of the loud bangs reported by the clients. It was then hypothesized that the furnace located in the neighboring closet could cause air movement responsible for closing the closet door and creating the bangs. The Laundry Room door remained closed for the investigation, and the furnace was allowed to run in its own course so that this hypothesis could be tested.

The door to the Master Bath was opened and closed to check the effectiveness of the latching mechanism. Andy and Jann found that when the door was latched firmly, no reasonable amount of force would cause it to open. They also found that if the door was closed to the point just before latching fully, the pressure of the mechanism was enough to hold the door closed. From this position with slight force or air movement, the door could be opened.

Since there were no remaining hypotheses to test at the time, Andy and Jann decided to move the investigation into the Living Room for a centralized observation point.

END TIME: 10:09 pm

The lights were turned off and Andy checked the infrared illumination for the camera.

START TIME: 10:10 pm

LOCATION Living Room

Jann was seated on the loveseat, and Andy was seated on the couch. As most of the claims were auditory in nature, a passive electronic voice phenomena (EVP) session was deemed most appropriate and would lend to the best observation. A passive investigation is when investigators hold normal conversations rather than asking direct questions in hopes that, if there is an entity present, they will react to what is being said.

During this session it was noted that the sound of the furnace running was followed by a click or tap and the sound of a ball rolling.

At 10:52 pm, Andy checked his camera to ensure it was still running properly. The EVP session then continued.

At 10:55 pm the sound of the refrigerator running was observed. This sound, when first heard, was thought to be a knocking or tapping noise, similar to footsteps, and the accompanying dripping sound was thought to be the coolant running through the coils.

At 11:25 pm the refrigerator stopped running and made a tapping noise followed by the sound of a ball rolling. It was then determined that the observation made earlier in the night may have been the refrigerator instead of the furnace. Andy and Jann decided to end the EVP session and test this and other hypotheses.

END TIME: 12:27 am

START TIME: 12:27 am

LOCATION: Laundry Room, Living Room, Kitchen, Dining Room Master Bedroom and Master Bath.

The thermostat was tripped in order to test the hypothesis that air currents created by the furnace cause the closet door in the Laundry Room to close and create the banging noise. After the furnace was turned on and off repeatedly, no banging sound was heard; it was not the cause of the sounds heard earlier.

Jann wrote down the model of TV so the manual could be looked up. Jann hypothesized that the TV had turned off due to an energy saving feature. Upon reading the manual for the VIZIO E32IVL, it stated that the "Auto Power Off Feature" is a factory default setting. More information on this setting and how to deactivate it is located on page 22 of the owner's manual.

Jann and Andy then opened the freezer door and waited for the refrigerator to run one more time to confirm that it was the source of the tapping and ball rolling sound. The tapping and ball rolling sound was observed again with the freezer door open and was confirmed to originate from the refrigerator.

The investigation was ended at 1:07 am

END TIME: 1:07 am

EVIDENCE:

AUDIO: None
VIDEO: None

CONCLUSION:

Through the course of the investigation, the investigators were able to find possible natural explanations for the majority of the claims. The sounds of banging, shuffling, footsteps, and a ball rolling all seem to be connected to regular sounds created by the refrigerator. The claim regarding the TV turning off can be attributed to a default setting listed in the owner's manual. The door to the Master Bath opening by an unseen cause may be explained by the incomplete latching of the door's latching mechanism, making it possible for air movement to open the door.

While investigating, the investigators did not experience any irregular phenomenon nor were any captured by the audio or video equipment. Since paranormal activity is often unpredictable, and our time at a location is limited, we urge our clients to continue to track any activity they observe, and welcome opportunities to return to the location in the event of further activity and new claims.

As always PIM is grateful for the opportunity to investigate private residences. Our main purpose is to help those who are experiencing things in their homes and businesses and to hopefully help them find the cause. We would like to give our sincere thanks to the owner of this residence for allowing us to be of service to you.

PIM would like to thank the owner for inviting us to their property. PIM would be happy to come back to do a follow-up investigation at a later date.