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The Current Owner of The Conjuring House Speaks Out!

This evening I received a comment submitted by Norma Sutcliffe, the current owner of the house and farm that is depicted in the movie, The Conjuring. It is Norma’s house that is the main character and focus of Andrea Perron’s books that tell a lengthy and frightening decade-long story of hauntings. As I’ve mentioned before, the movie is not based on Andrea’s books. The Hollywood version is supposed to be based on the case files of Ed and Lorraine Warren, though I can tell you that the books, as exciting and descriptive as they are, don’t seem to have much to do with the movie. With that being said, I think I’ve made it clear on this blog that I love the books and the movie, though they’re completely separate identities in my eyes.

If you follow Andrea Perron or have been a fan of the movie, or even this blog, you probably already know that since the overwhelming success of the movie, Norma’s house and land has been consistently invaded, vandalized, and trespassed upon by inconsiderate and crazy fans of the movie and the story. I first learned about this when Andrea herself posted a video pleading for people to stop violating the privacy of Norma and her husband. This was back in late July of last summer.

On one of several posts I wrote about the first two books from Andrea’s trilogy (the third has yet to be released), House of Darkness House of Light, I posted a comment updating folks about the unfortunate events going on at the house.

I suppose I should make it clear that I do not know Norma, and have no real way of verifying that this is truly her, though I can’t think of why someone would parade around using her name and sharing this information, and I’m sorry if it’s insulting to even wonder. You just never know now days. Even so, the comment submitted by “Norma Sutcliffe” was in reference to my update on the house and is below:

The video that Norma references is embedded below. It is over an hour long and I watched (although “listened to” is probably more appropriate here) every second of it. Norma includes a ton of information based on her own research and makes a lot of claims. I have no way of knowing if this is all true, but thought it was definitely worth sharing to get your thoughts, and to simply share her side of the story. No doubt about it, her and her husband have gone through hell since the movie was released. In one of her comments in the video, she says “Our home has now been mocked, made a spectacle, and stigmatized forever.”

 

A Brief Summary of the Video

Here’s a brief summary with some of my thoughts, if you don’t have an hour to watch the video:

The video presents her points in 6 sections.

1. Research about claims made by the Perrons
2. History and research of the Warrens
3. History of the times and interesting facts and connections from the 50s to the 80s
4. Life during the assaults
5. Life before the movie
6. Past videos made in our home

Norma Sutcliffe maintains that they’ve experienced no paranormal activity in the nearly three decades of living in the home. Perhaps Norma’s biggest beef with Hollywood and the creators or The Conjuring is that they included personal and private information, including the name of the actual town, and the Perron family name. This easily led anyone to locate their farm. She claims that no one made them aware or warned them of any of this. The movie, she claims, is complete fiction and not based on reality. According to her, Andrea Perron was more involved in the movie than she claims. Norma says that Carolyn Perron made up much of the haunted history of the home, including details of suicides and the infamous Bathsheba. Apparently Andrea Perron had mentioned publicly, and I seem to recall hearing or seeing this myself, that the production company had been providing security for the Sutcliffes and was somehow assisting with all of the chaos. Norma denies that any of this was true.

Something interesting that I learned from the video that I didn’t realize, is that SyFy’s Ghost Hunters filmed an investigation there in 2005. At least at the time of this posting, you can view that video HERE. I remember seeing this early episode several times, but because they didn’t give many specific or private details, and because this was years before The Conjuring, I had no clue that I’d actually seen “The Conjuring House” in that episode. If you watch the Ghost Hunters episode, you’ll hear Norma kind of go along with the claims of the hauntings (which conflict with her views now), and in the end, even make the statement that she lives in a “bonafide haunted house.” She addresses some of those conflicting comments and interactions in her video below.

 

 

I’d love to know your thoughts. I’m a little torn between a movie and an author that I’ve loved and followed recently, and a couple that is clearly going through hell right now. I may follow this and keep you posted. 

 

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Children who have spirit friends…

Currently I’m in the middle of reading Volume Two of Andrea Perron’s House of Darkness House of Light, the true story of the decade of events experienced by the Perron family and depicted (loosely, I’m finding out) in the movie The Conjuring. Just in case you’re new to my blog, the movie doesn’t have any direct ties to the book, but is inspired by the case files of Ed and Lorraine Warren.  

I recently read the chapter titled “in the closet”, when I had one of those moments… a moment where you find yourself tearing up and getting deeply into what you’re reading. In this chapter, Andrea writes about experiences that happened to April, the youngest of the five Perron daughters. April doesn’t come up much in Volume One and so far in Volume Two, and I always wondered why. It turns out she had plenty of experiences, perhaps just as many as the other kids in the house, but she refused to open up and discuss them with anyone until just recently. It turns out April has truly been haunted with memories and a pain in her heart since then.

 

April spent a lot of time alone, or at least that’s what the rest of the family thought. Very early on after moving to the farmhouse, April met the spirit of a little boy, a boy who gradually got comfortable with her presence and friendship, though he was constantly in fear and hiding. They appeared to be about the same age. They would play together, sharing April’s toys while they were alone in her room. When they were done playing he would disappear in a closet to hide. She was never once afraid. She grew to like spending time with him, even though he never spoke. As April grew up to be a teenager, she mentions that often the little boy would peek out of the closet into her room in hopes that she’d decide to play for a while. Not being the same little girl she once was, she ignored him. When she described the disappointed look on his face as he disappeared into the closet once more, that’s when I felt the tug in my heart and my tear ducts proved to be fully functioning. These experiences and the guilt of leaving the little boy at the farm has affected April her whole life.

 

A common theory is that many or all children are open to seeing spirits on a regular basis, but adults drive this ability out by making them feel ashamed for speaking such nonsense, thus blocking the experiences out of their minds. I wonder how many of us don’t remember a significant friendship or two from childhood. As a child I loved to spend time alone. It was nothing unusual. Very often I’d turn down invitations to play because I had a fun filled day planned out already. When my little sister arrived and was old enough, I was able to drag her through the experiences of things like playing school to keep me occupied. Even though it would be cool to suddenly remember a long lost spirit friend from my childhood, I don’t recall ever having an additional student in the attic or “imaginary friend”. After this chapter I kind of wish I did, although I would not want the sadness that has followed April.

 

I know that for several of my readers, seeing or feeling the presence of spirits is not an unusual thing, but I’m curious to know how many people had a spirit friend as child that no one else knew about. Please share!

 

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Some of my favorite shots…

How about something different tonight. One of my favorite things to do while trying to stay sane during the hours and hours of reviewing investigations is to save video stills of everyone at work. Here are some of my favorites!

 

Probably my favorite “in action” shot. This is from Fort Chaffee Prison in the maximum security building.

Our bird friend that made our abandoned farmhouse investigation very interesting.

Looks like I’m posing and just being a nerd. However, this is actually a still from a camcorder at the very moment I was ducking to avoid our bird friend who was attempting to go through the doorway at the same time as me and my father. 

This one is also from the abandoned farmhouse. I cannot believe I crawled down into that dark basement.

This is me investigating with Dar and her team (JPRS) at Fort Chaffee Prison.

Dar shares my obsession with capturing lots of cool looking video stills. This is a good one of her from my camcorder while she was conducting a spirit box session at Fort Chaffee Prison.

Medium Marilyn Painter at work in our joint investigation of a private residence.

My mom Linda and my sister Cassie at work during one of our undisclosed investigations.

I absolutely love this shot! This is Cassie and Bailey on one of our very first investigations. Friedens United Church of Christ in Saint Charles, Missouri.

A cool video still of Bailey investigating a private residence.

My father, Norman, during our investigation of an undisclosed museum.

This is Casey during her first investigation with MOSS.

Our team heading upstairs during our investigation of an undisclosed museum.

Another great shot of Casey.

Investigation of a private residence.

Investigation of a private residence.

A peak into command central at a private residence.

Not a video still, but a great memory. During our stay at the Stanley Hotel we were lucky enough to see snow when we woke up one morning.

 

 


Haunting Trip Through an Abandoned Farmhouse…

 

I’ve been trying out some new video editing software. Technology takes me longer than most people normally, but it took me a LONG time to work out the kinks in this video. Believe it or not, adding text or a title is the roughest part in this program, so I’ve kept it basic. Not exactly how I wanted it, but I’m declaring it done for now. 🙂

This is a haunting trip through the abandoned farmhouse that MOSS investigated earlier this year. I’ve blogged about some of our experiences there. More than anything, it has been a really cool and interesting place to visit. If you’re interested in the final investigation report you can click HERE.

Oh and by the way… one of the interesting things about this video is the short musical clips throughout. They are from 1901, the year the home was built, and we used them as triggers for an experiment during our investigation. 

 

 

 


Abandoned Missouri Farmhouse Investigation Report & Evidence…

 

You’ve heard me blab about it for weeks. My paranormal investigation team, Missouri Spirit Seekers (MOSS), investigated an abandoned farmhouse in Silex, Missouri. It was built in 1901 and has been abandoned officially since 1983. There was a death recorded on the property in 1947.

I’ve worked really hard on this one and I think we learned a lot. Now the investigation report, complete with audio, video, and evidence, is posted on our site. 

Feel free to question or comment. 

 

Now… moving onto my Fort Chaffee Prison evidence! 🙂 

 

 

Peace!

 

 

 


The First Semi-Whenever I Want Big Séance Statistics Awards!

Photo Credit: Alan Light

Photo Credit: Alan Light

 

Ladies and gentlemen, and honored subscribers…

Thank you for being a part of this very special awards ceremony! Tonight’s ceremony and awards have been brought to you by this very post (the 85th), my Dell PC, and WordPress Stats. There is no budget for this evening… no flashy opening number… and no real corporate sponsors or commercials, so let’s get right to it!

 

The award for The Big Séance’s Top Viewed Post goes to…. Energy, Paranormal Fiction and Romance

Ohhh thank you! Actually, I’ll be accepting and explaining all of the awards this evening, therefore I’ll just stay up here so I don’t have to risk my life tripping over these Prada heels. Just kidding… they’re Payless.

I’ll admit that the attention this post got still shocks me! It was pretty early on in this blog’s history (only months ago) and I was struggling to come up with a post for that day. I remember thinking it was absolutely dorky,  but I needed a topic and wanted to stay consistent. If you read the comments, I was scolded for making light of the topic. Well, I stand corrected. This was also the post with the most comments, including some surprising responses from authors from the same genre.

 

The other nominees for Top Viewed Posts, listed in their respected ranking order are…

#2 – Black Eyed Kids

No… it might not be as strange as those bath salts inhalers who head to the streets to snack on someone’s face or thigh, but black eyed kids are still pretty interesting, and probably just as scary. And believe it or not, “black eyed kids hoax” is the most commonly searched term or phrase that brings people from the search engine world to my blog. In fact, it happens so often that you may have found this post by searching this very phrase. If so, you are truly a paranormal nerd and I love and respect you for that!

 

#3 – Coming Out of the Paranormal/Spiritual Closet 

This was a relatively short but heartfelt post where I simply asked my readers the question “How do you balance your “paranormal/spiritual” life and interests with your “normal” life in the “real world” (such as job, Walmart, family situations, etc) where it might not be as socially accepted to be that nerdy?” 

 

#4 – Phonemes, Allophones, and Cinnamon Buns…

This post truly may give some of you cinnamon bun eyes! Actually, I think may folks clicked on this post due to the deliciously misleading picture. Come on… you know you want to click it now.

 

#5 – Abandoned Farmhouse Investigation…

This was a fairly recent post, and one of several having to do with MOSS’s recent investigation of a really interesting abandoned farmhouse. The online version of this report and several pieces of evidence will be posted at www.mospiritseekers.com very soon.

 

And now… the LEAST viewed post… THE LOSER is…

……………..  (these dots are a drum roll)…………….. What’s your favorite word for “ghost”?

Can you believe it? I can’t! Like 2 people saw this one! It’s GHOSTS, people! Ghosts are probably why you’re here. GO THERE NOW!

 

As of this very minute The Big Séance has had just over 4,200 total views with 109 views on his best day (yes, I just attached a gender to my blog).

 

Also as of this very minute, this blog has been read by people from 47 different countries! It may not be a surprise to hear that the top countries were the US, UK, and Canada (in that order).

 

And now… the award we’ve all been waiting for!

The most important award for the evening! Someone’s life is about to change! You can look for her on the talk show circuit first thing tomorrow morning!

The most talkative commenter (other than myself 🙂 ) award goes to…

………. (drum roll again)………….

…with 57 comments… ASH!!!! 

 

Thank you folks, we’ll now take you to your local news, already in progress!

 


Evidence Review and Whispered Conversations Debunked!!

Kitchen and corner pantry

 

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.

Opposite corner of the kitchen

 

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. 

Front entrance/hallway where investigators were located at the time of the whispers

 

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…

Original, unenhanced audio

Enhanced audio 

 

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?

 

 


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