For over a month now I’ve been reviewing evidence and writing up the report for MOSS’s abandoned farmhouse investigation. I used two stationary audio recorders that ran throughout the investigation, in addition to all of our other video and audio, so it’s a lot to review. Since I’m very detailed, documenting almost every sound and action, finishing up an investigation takes a very long time… especially with a “real job” during the day.
The way I review evidence is by starting with all of the audio. I keep a detailed log of unexplained noises, what investigators say and do, and the time stamps as they happen. For this particular investigation I easily ended up with a 15-page Word document by the time I had made it through the audio. When I hear possible EVP or suspicious noises, I listen to them and document, but I don’t get too detailed until I have gone through everything else, video, etc. Then I return to those time stamps to really dig deep into the audio.
Yesterday, I was returning to what I was referring to as a “possible whispered conversation” that was captured at 10:55pm in the stationary audio recorder that was placed in the kitchen, which is in the very back of the house. After matching up all of the other audio and video I knew that no one was near that recorder. Three investigators were in the very front of the house.
I was absolutely fascinated by the whispers in the kitchen. I couldn’t figure out what they were saying, but there was no doubt in my mind that this was a conversation that was being picked up. You could hear all the “S”s that appear so pronounced when someone is whispering quietly. While matching up other audio and video I discovered that no investigators were speaking at that exact moment. I began texting and calling my team excitedly to let them know what I had caught.
Ten minutes later, after playing the audio and video of that moment over and over, I began to notice a pattern of sounds, both in the whispers from the kitchen, and in the video from the investigators on the other side of the house. My heart sank… but not for long.
The pattern you’ll want to listen for happens as soon as you hear me clear my throat. And it goes until you hear me start talking again. The cord to my headsets hit either my equipment or other items in the room, creating about five quick sounds. Then pay attention to my footsteps. There is a rhythm to the whole thing. Who said being a music teacher couldn’t help with paranormal investigations? Then go back to the original audio from the kitchen and listen for that rhythmic pattern.
Whispered Conversations from the kitchen…
Video of the same moment from the front of the house…
I was so proud of myself for getting to the bottom of those whispers. It would have been truly very cool to present that as evidence… but it wasn’t. But, it was like a difficult puzzle that I solved when I was so certain that what I was listening to was real. I almost did a cart-wheel when I figured it all out. It just goes to show how very easy it is for groups and investigators to walk in with one recorder and then tell you you’ve got a ghost. Are we really working hard to “debunk” things we think are real? Are we paying attention to the details? Or just the fun stuff?