The group arrived on location at 6:50 pm. They met with the clients and took a quick tour of the location to see where the claims of activity occurred. At 7:30 pm, Gravy and Denys brought in their equipment and set up base camp in the Living Room. The group began setting up equipment and baseline readings were taken at 7:45 pm. Baseline EMF (electromagnetic field) and indoor temperature was taken with a Single-Axis Mel-8704R-VIBE. See the below chart for those measurements.
A Samsung S10, an Ordro video camera and a Zoom H1 digital recorder were placed in the Kitchen. The Samsung camera was placed facing the cabinet door. A touch flashlight was placed in the cabinet on the first shelf. The touch flashlight is used in lieu of a flashlight that has had the battery compartment or on/off switch manipulated to function in a way that was unintended. The touch flashlight is activated by two contacts being touched, thus closing a circuit and turning the light on.
The Ordro camera was placed on the floor facing four paint cans that were placed in the middle of the Kitchen floor along with several trigger objects. These trigger objects consisted of a harmonica, cigarettes, baseball, Bible and a small bottle of whiskey. Trigger objects are miscellaneous items that are strategically chosen in hopes to invoke a response. Once trigger objects are placed, baseline photos are taken to document their starting position should they be moved at some point during the investigation.
A Sony HDR-SR5 was positioned in the Master Bedroom facing the closet and hallway where the footsteps and voice were heard. A Zoom H1 audio recorder was placed in the closet along with another touch flashlight.
The client was kind enough to bring the original radio, which would turn on by itself, to the location and placed it in the Bathroom. This was another trigger object and would be heard should it turn on.
A Tascam DR40 RVPR (Rountree Voice Phenomenon Recorder) was placed in the Basement to monitor sounds that might originate there. This device is able to record using two types of stereo microphones. One set is sensitive to only sound waves while the other set is sensitive to both sound and EMF waves. This allows comparison later of the two sound tracks to see if anything was recorded in the EMF waves that was not recorded in the sound waves. This is done as there is a theory that Electronic Voice Phenomena (EVP) are actually recorded from the EMF spectrum and not the audible spectrum.
Both members of PIM are equipped with Zoom H1 control recorders, ultraviolet flashlights and an Extech RHT50 data logger. Control recorders are not only used as another recording device, but also to minimize the contamination that an investigator might create during an investigation. Control recorders are started and time stamped prior to all other equipment being started and time stamped. Time stamps, from a designated watch, are used as a point of reference and make cross referencing easier during evidence review. The Extech data logger measures humidity, temperature and barometric pressure at one minute intervals.
All lights that could not be turned off were covered. Any windows or doors in areas of interest were covered to avoid light contamination from outside sources. It was noted the highway was in the vicinity of the home and traffic could be heard periodically throughout the investigation.
Claims of Activity
- As the client was leaving the house, paint cans on the Kitchen floor were heard sliding across the room but were never actually seen moving
- A Kitchen cupboard door was seen slamming shut on its own multiple times
- A male voice was heard in the Basement
- Footsteps followed by a voice were heard while the female client was in the Master Bedroom closet
- A radio in the 1st floor Bathroom turned on by itself on multiple occasions
- Muffled voices would be heard throughout the night from all around the house
Kitchen – 8:32 pm
Denys and Gravy both took a seat in the Kitchen. The group observed five minutes of controlled silence to get accustomed to the normal sounds of the building and its surrounding area. Gravy then decided to attempt to debunk the cabinet door closing on its own. The door hinge was a tight fit and required a reasonable amount of force in order to close. The cabinet door would close on its own when it got to approximately three inches from being shut. The cabinet, however, did not slam shut as the client described it.
Gravy sat back down and began an EVP session. At 8:45 pm, a shuffling/movement sound was heard coming from the Basement or Bathroom area. It was not determined where the sound originated and was not captured on any recording device. The sound was not heard again throughout the night. It is possible the sound heard could be mistaken for paint cans moving, but not definitively. No other activity occurred and the group moved to a new location.
END TIME: 9:08 pm
2nd Floor – 9:10 pm
Denys sat in the Master Bedroom and Gravy sat in the Girl’s Bedroom. After observing several minutes of control silence, the group began an EVP session. During audio review of his control recorder, time stamped at 9:16:21 pm, Gravy caught a whispered, “No” while requesting for something to speak into any of the many recorders throughout the house. This was not heard at the time of the investigation and upon listening to the control recorders the noise was not caused by either investigator. Thus this recording is considered a possible EVP.
At 9:27 pm, a noise was heard from downstairs. Upon investigating the source, nothing was found and the group reset themselves to continue the EVP session. No other activity occurred and the group moved on.
END TIME: 9:49 pm
Basement – 9:57 pm
Denys and Gravy spread out in the Basement. They observed several minutes of silence before beginning an EVP session. It was noted that the sump pump turned on regularly due to the high amounts of rain in the area. This could have accounted for the sound heard from the 2nd Floor at 9:27 pm. No activity occurred and the grouped moved to another location.
END TIME: 10:18 pm
Kitchen – 10:19 pm
Denys and Gravy sat around the Kitchen table and began an EVP session. The sump pump turned on and could be heard and felt easily from the Kitchen. The shuffling/movement noise heard earlier in the investigation, at 8:45 pm, was not the sump pump.
At 11:05 pm, Denys heard what he described as three foot taps. Gravy did not hear the taps, nor were they caught on any of the recording devices. No other activity occurred and the group moved to the next location.
END TIME: 11:10 pm
2nd Floor – 11:11 pm
Gravy sat in the Master Bedroom and Denys in the Girl’s Bedroom. The group began an EVP session. No activity occurred during this time and the group moved on to the 1st Floor.
END TIME: 11:42 pm
Living Room – 11:46 pm
Denys and Gravy sat in the Living Room. After observing control silence for several minutes, they began an EVP session. No activity occurred during this time and the investigation was called to an end.
END TIME: 12:16 am
The group broke down all their gear, stopped their control recorders and packed their equipment up. They locked up behind themselves and left for the night.
2nd Floor – 9:16 pm
A whisper is captured on Gravy’s control recorder
PIM was excited to be given the opportunity to help try and find answers for the clients of this home. During our evidence review, PIM did find an anomalous recording that no known source could be located from. It is a single word, which makes errant breaths or clothing movement as an explanation still possible. However, PIM operates under very controlled conditions and we do not believe that this explains this recording. That being said, if this is an EVP it does not yield much information regarding who or what created it, other than it didn’t want to talk into any of the recorders.
PIM cannot definitely say this location is haunted or that paranormal activity occurs here. Further study of this location would be warranted to see if any new anomalous recordings could be captured to try and shed more light on what might be occurring at this home. If the new owners of this home report any activity PIM would be happy to come back to conduct further investigations.
PIM would like to thank the owner of the house for allowing PIM to investigate their home. PIM hopes they were able to assist the home owner in getting some of the answers they were looking for. PIM would also like to extend their services for any future needs regarding the paranormal.