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Papa Jack’s Pizza: Final Investigation Report

Papa Jack’s Pizza resides in a building that was constructed in 1869 on historic Main Street in Lexington, Missouri.

I’ve mentioned MOSS’s fascinating investigation of Papa Jack’s Pizza in Lexington, Missouri several times recently. It has taken months to complete the analysis and get to the point where I could present this report to you. For the first time ever, I’ve decided to publish the entire investigation report document for this investigation. I debated back and forth on whether or not this was a wise decision, but in the end I decided to just do it. When you click on the link below, it will open up the 27 page PDF file through Google Docs and will have all audio and video artifacts linked in the document. We’d like to thank Jamie and Kathy at Papa Jack’s for allowing us to have this opportunity. 

 

Papa Jack’s Pizza Final Investigation Report

Recent Papa Jack’s Posts: 

The Strangest Evidence from the Papa Jack’s Investigation…

Analysis Timeline: Okay so maybe I am a little ridiculous…

Putting Together a Rough Analysis of a Paranormal Investigation

Do Spirits Reside at Papa Jack’s Pizza in Lexington, Missouri?

 


The Strangest Evidence from the Papa Jack’s Pizza Investigation…

I’ve been working very hard for months on a previous investigation from Papa Jack’s Pizza in Lexington, Missouri. Click HERE for more information about Papa Jack’s. The analysis is complete and I’ve put together a 27-page report with 83 audio and video artifacts for the owners. Very soon I’ll publish a summarized online version of this report with some of the evidence. Until then, below is a look at probably our strangest and most mysterious evidence from the investigation, directly from the report. We don’t have an explanation yet for what you’ll hear below. The owners don’t either. We’re open to suggestions, especially from Lexington residents who may be more familiar with the environment of the area.  

At around midnight we took our investigation to the basement, where there have been past reports of paranormal activity. These reports included hearing singing and whistling. 

12:05am – As we were passing the stalls and stepping down from where it drops off (near the shower), Cassie heard 3 quick clicks or taps and asked if we heard it. It is picked up in the audio and the NightShot. It apparently stood out to Cassie, but it would be impossible to know if it was one of us or paranormal.

Just seconds later is where we first heard what we’ve been referring to as repeating “moaning” sounds. It was picked up in the audio and NightShot with investigators. Norman did not hear it (which is funny because he was holding the digital audio recorder) and Cassie said later that she only heard a little of it. It seemed to come from the stairway to the basement or upstairs in that area. At the time, Bailey and I were in front of the wooden stalls near the spot where you have to step down to go the other half of the basement. We hadn’t stepped down yet. Norman had just walked in and out of one of the stalls and then joined Cassie near the shower, further into the basement (past where you step down). Linda also heard it from upstairs in the main level restaurant dining room at command central near the front entrance. Unfortunately, her digital audio recorder stopped a while before this experience, but she said it was pretty clear and loud. I noted that this was where the service person heard the singing (next to the generator).  Also, it was NOT picked up in either the Tascam or the New Camcorder Video in the main level restaurant kitchen. I later described it as overlapping, almost like a siren. When it repeated it started at the same pitch and descended, but seemed to start again while still descending.

We later made a request for whoever made the sound to do it again. No response. 

Toward the end of our investigation we decided to make another visit to the basement. It was almost an exact replay of events, although this time all investigators in the basement heard it, and those upstairs in the main level restaurant dining room did not. 

3:11am – At this point we heard the “moaning” sound again. This time Bailey commented that “it sounds like a siren”. Norman mentioned that each time we’ve heard the moaning it was right after he came out of one of the stalls. I mentioned it didn’t sound so much like a voice to me this time. Bailey agreed. I also mentioned it sounded lower this time. It was captured on the audio and both videos, although of the videos, it is much clearer and lasts quite a bit longer in NightShotA. Later we learned that Cassie and Linda (both at Command Central this time around) did not hear it upstairs.

3:12am – While discussing it, I thought I heard it starting to come back again, but it was apparently so soft that the recorder didn’t pick it up. Neither did the NightShot videos. 

Norman walked into the stall again, attempted some communication, and then walked out to see if he could re-create the “moaning” sound once again. No luck this time. 

Below is a video compilation that I initially put together for the owners to see if they’d heard this noise or had any answers for us. The video contains all of the audio and video mentioned above. 

 

Other than one moment where we believe we may have heard this same sound very softly on the third floor of the building (not loud enough to be caught on audio or video), at no other time or location did we hear the “moaning” sound that evening.

 

 


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?!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Do Spirits Reside at Papa Jack’s Pizza in Lexington, Missouri?

A few nights ago, Missouri Spirit Seekers (MOSS) investigated a popular pizza place in Lexington, Missouri. This last fall I had stopped in for lunch at Papa Jack’s Pizza with some family after a morning of shopping on Main Street. (By the way, I highly recommend the pepperoni pizza with a special request of BBQ sauce instead of pizza sauce. Sounds weird, I know… but delicious!) This visit led us to discussing the history of the building and the paranormal. We learned that employees at Papa Jack’s Pizza have been experiencing friendly paranormal activity on a regular basis from the time they  moved into the building on 1014 Main Street. With an amazing view of the Lafayette County Courthouse (built just 20 years earlier) just across the street, the Papa Jack’s building is believed to have been built in 1869, which would have been eight years after the Civil War Battle of Lexington, and making it one of the oldest structures on Main Street.   

Most of the activity has been reported on the restaurant level as well as the basement. Voices, singing, whistling, footsteps, apparitions, and being touched are just some of the experiences that are reported in these two areas. However, there are two upper floors of forgotten apartment units that haven’t seen tenants since the early 1980s. In a picture below, you can see that much of the furniture and appliances in these apartments are still there, creating the eerie feeling of being in a 1970s time warp. A very musty and dusty time warp, yes, but strangely beautiful and absolutely fascinating. In another picture, you can still see a calendar on the wall that tries its best to get us to believe that it is May of 1982. As a native of Lexington, it was hard to imagine that what I was seeing had been sitting there, mostly untouched, for nearly my entire life and childhood. And as someone obsessed with studying and learning about the paranormal, it was like finding an abandoned theme park in your own town. It made me stop to realize that there are probably many forgotten gems just like this one, hidden away above the shops and stores on Main Street. 

Our goal in investigating was to find out more about the unseen tenants. One of these spirits is said to be that of a friendly little girl, so we came to play. We have tons of footage and hours of audio to review, which will likely take a month or more. But here is something that I can tell you right now before I even get started. This was one of our most exciting investigations yet! And it turns out we did have some interesting experiences on the restaurant level and in the basement that we will be looking into. And yes, the paranerd in me hopes to find evidence of spirit communication from the two upper floors of the building. 

View of the Lafayette County Courthouse from a top floor window.

View of the Lafayette County Courthouse from a top floor window.

I will likely post an occasional update right here at www.BigSeance.com, and when analysis is complete, a final report with evidence will be published at www.MoSpiritSeekers.com.

 

 

 


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