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An Exciting Upcoming Investigation

In the past, I’ve been lucky enough to join two other paranormal teams, JPRS and JHPS, on two different investigations. In both the Fort Chaffee Prison investigation and the Carthage Opera House investigation, I learned so much from everyone I investigated with. They were really great experiences, and I gained some good friends! In honor of me being so excited about an upcoming January investigation with this same group of amazing investigators, I thought I’d share some fun shots from the previous two investigations. More to come, I’m sure.

Fort Chaffee Prison

 

Carthage Opera House

 

 

 

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Analysis Timeline: Okay so maybe I am a little ridiculous (Big Séance)

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There’s Just Something Romantic About a Staircase…

 

The famous Brown Lady of Raynham Hall (Norfolk) captured in this photo from 1936.

The famous Brown Lady of Raynham Hall (Norfolk) captured in this photo from 1936.

There’s just something romantic about a staircase. Well… isn’t there? Maybe I should be more specific. Yes, there are many Hollywood-like stories of hauntings involving stairs. You know, that one where the woman in white (why is it always a woman in white?) falls to her death in the home her and her husband built. And, of course, there’s the “Brown Lady” photo that many are instantly familiar with. But for me, it’s a ghostly, historic type of romance that I’m talking about… and I’m sort of obsessed with all forms of these staircases, especially during a paranormal investigation. In many historical buildings, for example, a staircase may have been the one and only entrance to an area or even to an entire building, in some cases. Let’s use one of these fictional buildings as an example. But first, here’s a quick story. (This is where my students will get excited… when I break the boring routine to tell a random story!) When I was a kid and lucky enough to perform on the stage of Starlight Theatre, a regional theatre in Kansas City, I couldn’t help but obsess over the fact that I was walking on the same stage where I had seen Debbie Gibson (no judgment, please) perform just months before. And really, at the time I had no clue of how many major stars had performed there in the theatre’s history. (End of random story.) If you know a famous person was once in this particular building (the one you’re imagining), you can be sure that they came through this very specific and sometimes small space. But this doesn’t have to be about famous people. If this building was a public place, such as a theatre or a school, than hundreds, thousands, or maybe even millions of souls have passed through.

I very much believe that when we leave the physical world, we leave energy behind. Even if we never return after crossing over, even if when we die we turn to dust and that’s it, a person’s energy may remain in a place that was meaningful to them. But maybe there doesn’t have to be an emotional attachment to a space. I go up and down the stairs in my home ten or more times every day. I could go up and down with my eyes closed due to the fact that I know that part of my house so well. If I was able to somehow track the amount of time I spent, or the energy I left in any part of my home, wouldn’t the stairs be off the charts compared to, let’s say… that weird corner of the living room in between the end table and the front window, or that lovely dining room where no one ever sits? 

Being a paranormal investigator has forced me to come up with theories on a few things. And during investigations I often find myself heading for the staircase with a camera and a tripod, and sometimes a digital audio recorder as well. I’ll stand at the bottom and just imagine people, in whatever time period, coming down the stairs as if it were a normal day in their life. I could be wrong, but sometimes I just feel that if we’re going to capture amazing evidence, there’s a good chance it’s going to be there. Imagine a firehouse, well over a century old, and the only staircase to what would have been the second floor living quarters of the volunteer firemen that stayed there. This was in a time before you slid down a pole. Now imagine the hurried and dramatic moments that must have occurred in that fascinating, yet very practical space! 

Show and tell time!

Here are some of the staircases that have fascinated me in recent years. Some are from investigations and some are not. 

A staircase from MOSS's most recent investigation of a 144 year old building in Lexington, Missouri. This staircase is on a second floor landing and leads to a third floor apartment. Both of these floors are above a pizza place and for the most part have not been touched or occupied since approximately 1982.

A staircase from MOSS’s most recent investigation of a 144 year old building in Lexington, Missouri. These 19 steps begin on a second floor landing and lead to a third floor apartment. Both of these floors are above a pizza place and for the most part have not been touched or occupied since approximately 1982.

 

I was absolutely fascinated by this staircase! This is the main entrance to the historical and vacant Carthage Opera House in Carthage, Missouri, built in the 1870s.

I was absolutely fascinated by this staircase! This is the main entrance to the historical and vacant Carthage Opera House in Carthage, Missouri, built in the 1870s.

 

A DVR screen shot from our investigation of an undisclosed museum in St. Charles, Missouri.

A DVR screen shot from our investigation of an undisclosed museum in St. Charles, Missouri.

 

The staircase from an old farmhouse, now the Heritage Museum in St. Peters, Missouri.

The staircase from an old farmhouse, now the Heritage Museum in St. Peters, Missouri.

 

Unfortunately, you'll just have to let your mind wonder on this one.

Unfortunately, you’ll just have to let your mind wonder on this one.

 

This has been my favorite location to take pictures lately... The Fabulous Fox Theatre in St. Louis, built in 1927, was originally a movie theatre. Stay tuned for a post devoted solely to this beautiful space. It'll be coming soon!

This has been my favorite location to take pictures lately… The Fabulous Fox Theatre in St. Louis, built in 1927, was originally a movie theatre. Stay tuned for a post devoted solely to this beautiful space. It’ll be coming soon!

 

I couldn't possibly publish this post without including the famous staircase from The Stanley Hotel.

I couldn’t possibly publish this post without including the famous staircase from The Stanley Hotel.

 

And just for fun... the glass staircase from our visit to the Apple Store (still under construction at the time... or maybe they were remodeling) in New York City across from Central Park. Are there ghosts here? Who knows?!

And just for fun… the glass staircase from our visit to the Apple Store (still under construction at the time… or maybe they were remodeling) in New York City across from Central Park. Are there ghosts here? Who knows?!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Carthage Opera House Investigation Report & Evidence…

The 8/4/12 Carthage Opera House investigation was my second joint investigation with the Joplin Paranormal Research Society (JPRS) and J H Paranormal Seekers (JHPS). Like the Fort Chaffee Prison investigation before it, analysis and review of this investigation has been a big undertaking. It is still somewhat a work in progress, however, I’m excited to finally share my report and most of my evidence with you. 

Click HERE to get to the report. Or you can visit www.MoSpiritSeekers.com and click on “Investigation Reports & Evidence” from the menu on the left.

Members of JPRS, JHPS, and myself (representing MOSS) posing inside the Carthage Opera House

Members of JPRS, JHPS, and myself (representing MOSS) posing inside the Carthage Opera House

 

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Who Cares: Some Possible EVP Artifacts, Just For Fun…

So I’ve been kicked really hard in recent days with this sickness that has been going around. I haven’t had the energy to do much of anything, including sitting at the computer. And recently I haven’t blogged as often as usual. So…. let me make it up to you with a few audio artifacts from two different investigations where the review is somewhat ongoing.

For those who may not be familiar with my EVP… I prefer to categorize many of them as simply “Artifacts” or “Possible EVP”, because most of the time I simply cannot be 100% sure that what I’m hearing is paranormal.

The unenhanced audio artifact below was captured at Fort Chaffee Prison during a joint investigation. At the time this was captured (12:15am), we were packing up from our session in the max security building in the cell where an infamous inmate hanged himself. I asked Dar (JPRS founder) what a particular object in the room was and she said she had no idea. It was already in the cell. As soon as she says “I ain’t touchin’ it” you hear what sounds like a strange voice saying “who cares”.

“who cares”

This next unenhanced audio artifact is from another joint investigation, this time at the Carthage Opera House. This one still boggles me. I can’t decide what I’m hearing. A smaller group of us were investigating what would have been the backstage area of the opera house. At 11:10pm I was preparing to play some trigger music from the time period the opera house built and in business. You will hear two possible EVP behind our voices while setting up to play the music. The first possibly says “sorry”. Could this be the voice of one of us investigators? Doesn’t at all have the sound quality of any of our voices, but it’s just not something that I can say for sure. The second possible EVP is perhaps a child’s voice. This is important because there have been previous reports of people hearing a child’s voice in this building. I believe we have evidence of this voice in other artifacts from the same investigation as well.

“sorry”/Child’s Voice


Carthage Opera House and the Sound of Music…

On the eve the election, it’s very fitting that I present to you….  um… some highlights from an investigation? Sure. Sounds good. 🙂

On Saturday August 4th, I was once again invited by Joplin Paranormal Research Society (JPRS) to be apart of a joint investigation of the Carthage Opera House (or Burlingame and Chaffee Opera House) in Carthage, Missouri. My friends at JHPS were invited as well. It was a very hot night and I remember it well. I have only recently begun reviewing my audio and video, but JPRS is way ahead of me and they’ve found some pretty amazing evidence. Dar has put together some of this evidence in a great video. It makes me really excited to get deep into my review.

For my previous post on Carthage Opera House and a few pictures, click here.

I have to tell you, the video footage of the lightning through the windows is totally mine! 🙂 So you’ll probably see it again when I put my own video together.

 

Here’s another much longer video that includes some evidence from Spirit Box sessions (Ghost Box). Dar is the Ghost Box master… 

 

 


A Normal Sunset and a Paranormal Update…

The really awesome sunset that we captured after dinner tonight.

 

I feel like I need to give my readers a little update on what’s going on in my crazy paranormal world at the moment… 

 

Joint Experiment

I’m excited and honored to have been asked to participate in some joint EVP experiments in the next several days. This invitation comes from an experienced researcher whom I have a lot of respect for. I hope to keep you informed whenever it’s possible. 

 

Séances 

Marilyn and I have conducted and documented two séances in the last few weeks. I’m in the middle of analysis on the first one right now. I hope to have some video highlights or a report of that very cool experience posted soon. 

 

MOSS Investigation Reports

I’m a little behind in posting final MOSS investigation reports with evidence online. I hope to do that soon. The reports have been completed, but there is a lot to do to make them appropriate for online viewing. These include reports from the joint investigation of the Fort Chaffee Prison and a recent private residence investigation. The analysis of my part of the Carthage Opera House investigation is ongoing.  

 

My Spooky Fall Movie Progress

Soon I’ll watch The Innocents and let you know how it was. Check out the list of movies I’ve been watching this fall.  

 

And Finally… LIFE!

Yes… the real job has prevented me from locking myself in the house and being a practicing paranormal researcher/investigator/blogger recluse for as much as I’d like… but one can dream though, right? 🙂  

 

Word!

 

 

 


Opera House Investigation…

Members of JPRS, JHPS, and myself (representing MOSS) posing inside the Carthage Opera House. Photo Credit: Curtis, JPRS.

 

Once again, I was fortunate enough to be invited by the Joplin Paranormal Research Society on another exciting joint investigation. This time I (representing MOSS) joined JPRS and JHPS at an old opera house in Carthage, Missouri on a very stormy evening. It is a beautiful building with an interesting history and was built between 1877-1878. It doesn’t really resemble an opera house today, but it was fun to imagine. And as you can tell from our glistening faces, it was also very, very, VERY HOT!  

Team members are just getting started with evidence review, but I’m hearing some interesting things already. Stay tuned. For now, enjoy a few pictures from the very stormy evening. 

 

 

 


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