Mississippi Valley Paranormal

The Midwest’s Premier Paranormal Team

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Mississippi Valley Paranormal is a paranormal investigation and research group that was formed in December 2007 to help further research into the paranormal in a strictly professional manner. Our members come from all walks of life and we use only scientific means to research and collect evidence. We are always open to investigating with other teams because we believe that unity in the paranormal community is a must.

Mississippi Valley Paranormal covers Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois, including the Quad Cities.

Mississippi Valley Paranormal is a non-profit organization and we do not charge for our services.

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Steele Mansion Hartville MO November 18th 2017

by on Dec.13, 2017, under Investigations

By Sally Jacobs December 13, 2017

Background and Reported Activity

The Steele Mansion sits on a bluff overlooking Hartville Missouri. The property is rich in history and with local legends surrounding this mysterious masterpiece investigator Sally Jacobs reached out to the owner Arita Bohannan with curiosity as to the paranormal activity in the home.

In 1863 the property served as the headquarters for the confederacy during the Civil War. The Battle of Hartville was fought on the front lawn of the Steele Mansion and resulted in more than 100 deaths. The house was built in 1890 in the shape of a crucifix. There have been several deaths in the house in the downstairs bedroom and gentlemen’s parlor.

Reports of paranormal activity include orbs in photographs, people have heard the voice of a young child, and the water in the master bath turns on by itself.

Weather

The temperature upon arrival was 44 degrees with winds blowing between 13-22 mph. The moon phase was new moon.

Pre-Investigation

MVP arrived at a local restaurant at 5PM with members Terry Enright, Tony Caudill, Sally Jacobs, Lisa C. and Rhonda G. in attendance. We had a meeting about the history of the location and the activity that has been experienced at the location. After a tour of the home the investigation commenced around 7:30 PM.

Equipment Setup

The Command Center was set up in the lady’s parlor, with Terry doing data entry and time keeping. In the building there were 5 audio recorders, 2 e.m.f. detectors, Geiger counter, 2-night vision camcorders, and a GoPro camera.

Experiments Performed

Era specific music was played and a q & a session with a Geiger counter was performed.

Personal Experiences

In the Blue Room both Tony and Terry heard what sounded like conversations coming from outside. Another investigator went to verify there was no one in the vicinity. Lisa saw what appeared to be a small shadow walking to house from outside, she assumed it was a child who was staying at the house. It was verified that owners had not yet returned but the outdoor motion light had been triggered. Sally and Terry both noted seeing a small fast shadow moving in multiple locations.

Evidence Collected

Audio clips captured on 5 different recording devices of voices not belonging to any investigators including that of a young girl. It was also noted that interesting sounds of deep bass were captured, not from any outside source. A clip of a possible cat was recorded as well, no cats were on the premises.  Video clip of Geiger counter experiment was sent to an electrical engineer who verified that the counter would not react in that manner under ordinary circumstances.

Conclusions

MVP was very excited to have the opportunity to investigate a house with so much interesting history. It was a pleasure to meet the family who had put so much heart into restoring this gem in the community. We believe there are peaceful spirits that still call Steele Mansion home. We would love to have the opportunity to investigate this house again.

Update

We are planning a second investigation at Steele Mansion after the first of the year. SteeleMansion1 SteeleMansion1-2 SteeleMansion1-3

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Ridge Crest Hotel West Plains MO Investigation November 25th, 2017

by on Dec.09, 2017, under Investigations

 

By Sally Jacobs December 6th, 2017

Background and Reported Activity

An employee of the hotel contacted MVP through Facebook. She explained some of the activity and gave the property owners contact information to MVP. Sally called the owner Toni Wineinger and she stated that employees had experienced disembodied voices and items falling in the kitchen. There was reports of creepy feelings in the hallway by the kitchen, the storage room, women’s restroom, and the lounge which is currently close to the public. There seems to be an overwhelming fear as the owners have had multiple employees quit from the activity that has been happening. Owner Toni has also stated another paranormal team had investigated and found the place to be haunted.

Weather

The temperature upon arrival was 28 degrees with 8 mph winds. The moon phase was first quarter moon.

Pre-Investigation

MVP arrived at Ridge Crest Hotel at 6PM with members Sally Jacobs, Lisa C, and Rhonda G in attendance. The owner Toni had arranged meeting with another paranormal group that had previously investigated the location. This group claimed to have been scratched, caught EVP’s with derogatory name calling, equipment failure, battery drain, spirit box communication, smells of sulfur and perfume, hearing growls, orb activity, and a sense that a negative entity was present. They also felt that there was a protective female spirit on the premises.

We also met with two if the hotel employees including kitchen staff and a maintenance man who had experienced disembodied voices, knocking on the wall near them, and hearing growls.

The investigation commenced at 7:24 PM.

Equipment Setup

The Command Center was set up in the dining room, with Lisa doing data entry and time keeping. In the building there were 3 audio recorders, 1 e.m.f. detector, 1 Geiger counter, photography equipment, a camcorder, gopro action camera, and 2 IR night vision cameras.

Experiments Performed

Music of a specific genre, and era were played. Evp sessions were performed using e.m.f. detector and Geiger counter.

Personal Experiences

Kitchen

While in the storage room Rhonda, Lisa, and Sally heard a very loud crashing sound. Upon investigation we found that several large roasting pan lids had fallen from the counter in the kitchen on to the floor. We also notice the furnace had kicked on and was blowing rather aggressively as Lisa stated it was blowing her hair. We collectively agreed the movement of the air combined with the way the pans were stacked could have caused them to fall.

Evidence Collected

Audio clips captured on three different recording devices of voices not belonging to any investigators. All photography equipment failed, photos were not recovered. 2 IR night vision cameras did not record anything. This equipment was new and had not been field tested. Investigators did experience battery drain.

Conclusions

MVP would like to investigate the location again. We have several e.v.p’s that are interesting, including an unheard voice calling our investigators “idiots”. With the equipment failure we experienced it would be imperative to duplicate that experience to rule out human error.

After the investigation Toni contacted MVP again to report a cereal container had flew off the refrigerator in a horizonal direction and landed about 4 feet away, a food cart had rolled up hill, and several plastic bread containers had popped their lids at the same time. Toni stated she was going to put out an audio recorder for MVP to review.

This investigation is still ongoing.

 

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The Missouri Branch Is Ready To Investigate!

by on Sep.12, 2017, under News

The Southern Missouri branch has been hard at work. We have been meeting monthly and training our awesome new members. We are ready to investigate and provide the same level of professional service as our parent group. Check out our Facebook page @mvpsomo

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MVP Mountain Grove Missouri

by on May.24, 2017, under News

The Missouri branch is about to kick off with their first group meeting this week! We will be posting photos and bios under our members section and look forward to helping the communities of South Central Missouri. We have a few investigation leads and look forward to working as a team.

Sally Jacobs

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Updates

by on May.30, 2016, under News

Terry’s favorite video has been added to the investigators favorites now that the time period has expired.

MVP is looking for additional members. If you would like to fill out an application please contact

Becky at gstseek@gmail.com

 

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MVP IS EXPANDING

by on Mar.09, 2016, under News

MVP is expanding into the Central Southern Missouri region. If you are interested in becoming a member please contact Sally Jacobs at smzajacobs@gmail.com

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Investigation Clinton Iowa

by on Jan.26, 2016, under News

Private Residence Clinton, Iowa November 21st 2015

By Sally Jacobs

Background and Reported Activity

In August 2015 a client contacted MVP through Facebook looking for help. She stated that her family and friends have been experiencing multiple claims of activity.

The client reported having seen shadows walking, heard banging, footsteps, and voices. She also reported hearing a cat meowing that wasn’t there. Some of the other claims were that toys have moved when the children were asleep and that the clients’ children have a hard time sleeping as they wake up in the middle of the night screaming that there are shadow people in their rooms.

Weather

On the day of the investigation the area was hit with a snow storm that dropped 10 inches of snow on Clinton, IA. The skies cleared for the evening and the temperature was 8* and windy.

Pre-Investigation

At 4:00 p.m. team members Becky Reid, Bryce Carlson, Stephanie Adams, Sally Jacobs, Amanda Peters, and Tony Caudill arrived at Pizza Ranch in Clinton, IA. We reviewed the case file and planned the investigation. We arrived at the location at 5:30 p.m. The clients gave a few of the members a tour of the home then we began the investigation approximately at 6:30 p.m.

Equipment Set Up

A wireless night vision camera was set up with views of the main living area and hall way going to the bedrooms. An additional Sony HI8 was used and relocated throughout the home as needed. There were 7 audio recorders place throughout the home as well as a geophone placed in the hall were shadows were seen walking.

Experiments Preformed

A toy was place in the hall to see if it would move as well as a penny in the basement clearly marked to see any changes in position.

Personal Experiences

Sally, Tony, and Amanda saw shadows moving in the far back workspace of the laundry room in the basement. Upstairs while in the living room Becky heard a cat meowing, heard voices and saw the geophone flash at the same time. While Stephanie was sitting in the girls’ bedroom she clearly heard a cat and two other members heard it as well.

Evidence Collected

We caught on audio two different clips of the cat who wasn’t there meowing and two evp’s of a human voice.

Many of the members experienced the same phenomenon as the client had reported. Upon evidence reveal with the client we are able to confirm several of their claims. We are planning a second investigation in March of 2016.

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Garner Hall Camanche, Iowa

by on Dec.09, 2015, under Investigations

Garner Hall was built in Camanche Iowa in 1913. It was built on land donated by Martha Neesley who passed away on February 4th 1931. It was named by Mrs. Neesley after her deceased daughter May Garner Neesley. The building was the original town hall and was used for meetings, suppers, concerts, a play stage, and a movie theater. The town fire trucks used to be stored in the basement and when the bucket brigade was in need, they would ring the church bells.
Many groups used the building as a meeting hall including:
Masons
VFW
American Legion
Kiwanis
Chamber of Commerce
Boy Scouts
Eastern Star
Lyons Club
Royal Neighbors
Modern Woodmen
Odd Fellows
The building currently is managed by the City of Camanche. It can be rented for a donation and is used for meetings, parties, and reunions. The basement now serves as a senior meal site. The City of Camanche plans on demolish Garner Hall in the near future and build a new community center on the property.

 

Garner Hall Investigation Camanche IA November 7th 2015
By Sally Jacobs December 9th 2015

Background and Reported Activity
A member of MVP contacted Camanche City Hall to request permission to investigate Garner Hall as it is going to be demolished and replaced with a new community center in the near future. There was a report from a team members’ child that he saw a shadow figure in the building a few years ago.

Weather
The temperature upon arrival was 32 degrees with clear skies. The moon phase was waning crescent.

Pre-Investigation
MVP arrived at Garner Hall at 5PM with members Becky Reid, Bryce Carlson, Diana Smith, Sally Jacobs, Amanda Peters, and Tony Caudill in attendance. We had a meeting about best equipment placement and a discussion about best investigation practices for the location. The investigation commenced around 6PM.

Equipment Setup
The Command Center was set up in the upstairs kitchen, with Bryce doing data entry and time keeping. In the building there were 6 audio recorders, 3 e.m.f. detectors, a high 8 night shot video camera, and a 4 camera night vision DVR system.

Experiments Preformed
Sally drove around the building with headlights on to induce shadow play from light through the windows.

Personal Experiences
Upstairs Main Room
Becky, Diana, and Sally noticed random K2 and EMF meter activity during casual conversation. Becky saw a flashing light on the monitor from the camera in the basement level that was played back for Bryce, Amanda, and Sally. The anomaly was unexplained. Sally and Tony both noticed small flashes of light along the north wall of the main room; some traveling up the stairs to the kitchen area.

Evidence Collected
Audio clips captured on two different recording devices of a voice not belonging to any investigators. Video clip of the camera image completely blocked out, anomaly could not be explained.

Conclusions
MVP went into this investigation with no expectations; just the honor of investigating one of the city’s oldest properties. We are thankful to the City of Camanche for letting us conduct the investigation.
With the lack of activity and little evidence collected at this location it does not warrant an additional investigation.

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Undisclosed Iowa Church #2 and Undisclosed Iowa Residence April 26, 2014

by on Jun.03, 2014, under Investigations

Background and Reported Activity

MVP returned the Iowa church we had previous investigated on April 26, 2014 to hopefully capture more evidence that something unusual was occurring, as well as to investigate a church member’s home for the first time.

For previous activity reports, please refer to the February 15, 2014 investigation report. In the church member’s house, claims included the sound of walking on the second floor, seeing the spirit of a little boy, among others.

 

Weather

Temperature upon arrival was 64 degrees with a mostly clear sky. The moon phase was waning crescent.

 

Pre-Investigation

MVP arrived at the church around 7PM with members Becky Reid, Bryce Carlson, Diana Smith, and Andrea Calkins in attendance.

We were going to do a fairly short investigation of the church and then conduct another investigation at the nearby church member’s residence. We did not conduct any interviews during this investigation as we had talked to the church member prior to arriving at the church and would not be home when we investigated the house. Investigation commenced around 715PM at the church and around 9PM at the home.

 

Equipment Setup

Command Center was set up in the back of the sanctuary, with Bryce doing data entry and time-keeping. In the church, there were four voice recorders (two stationary, two mobile), a K2 meter, a geophone, a motion detector, and a Nightshot camera. In the home, there were four stationary voice recorders, K2 meter, and motion detector.

 

Experiments Performed

No experiments were performed.

 

Personal Experiences

The Church

Towards the beginning of the investigation, Becky and Diana heard what sounded like heavy footsteps coming from the balcony, loud enough that Diana thought Becky had gone upstairs when she hadn’t. The same noise was captured later, so it is unknown if this was the sound of the building or unexplained phenomenon. The team also heard one of the metal folding chairs in the back make a noise for no reason. While Diana and Becky were on the balcony and Bryce and Andrea in the basement, both Diana and Becky heard the sound of someone walking down the center aisle. Andrea and Bryce did not hear it and were able to prove that if someone walks in the sanctuary, you can hear it in the basement, which they did not.

 

The House

MVP did a brief investigation of a church member’s home and concentrated their efforts on the second floor as the husband and a daughter had stayed on the premises and we wished to minimize evidence containment. There were no personal experiences at the home.

 

Evidence Collected

Audio Evidence:

 This was a banging sound captured, though it may not be paranormal.

 This was captured while trying to explain the footsteps, as a voice comes up over Bryce while he is on the walkie-talkie.

 This was the footsteps captured in the sanctuary.

 This was captured at the home. We are unable to explain it as it sounds like several people talking at once. We determined it was not a television, as we could not hear any noises from the first floor during the investigation.

Video Evidence:

 This was the heavy footsteps or banging heard at the beginning of the investigation.

 This is the video from the same time as “Noises in front of church.” It has a similar sound to “Noises at Beginning” leading us more towards it having a rational explanation, but still noteworthy.

 This is the video of the footsteps in the sanctuary. It is notable that neither the motion sensor or geophone on the piano do not go off in response to the phenomenon.

 

Conclusions

It was a fairly windy day and discovered during our first investigation, the church building itself does make a lot of noises; therefore a lot of our captured audio was questionable. There were, however, a few that merited inclusion in this report. Our second investigation was fruitful in that we did capture some audio and we continue to believe some sort of activity is occurring in the church, though its source is still unknown. The church member’s house was quiet and the only evidence captured was the unexpected EVP of several voices. This alone does not mean a location has activity, but it is a starting place and MVP would like to investigate the house more thoroughly in the future.

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