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MVP was contacted by a single mother living in Muscatine, Iowa regarding a fair amount of unexplained activity occurring in her home. Reported occurrences included seeing a black mass, hearing footsteps, objects being moved, whispering, etc. Also reported are various lights in the house turning on by themselves and the pets being bothered often. She also said that her son experienced some activity, including his dresser drawers all pulling out evenly on their own and pounding on the walls.
Temperature upon arrival was 19 degrees with a partly cloudy sky. The moon phase was Waxing Crescent.
MVP arrived at the home at 6:30PM with members Becky Reid, Bryce Carlson, Sally Jacobs, Mandy Peters, and Terry Enright in attendance.
Following an interview and house tour, the homeowner left the premises with the investigation commencing around 8PM.
An EMF tour of the home concluded that there was an unusually high amount of electromagnetic fields throughout the house. An investigation of the electrical conduit in the basement concluded this to be the primary cause, with the homeowner being informed about it.
The investigation concluded around 11PM.
Command Center was set up in the dining room. The Night Owl DVR cameras were set up facing the kitchen, one covering the basement, and one the master bedroom. The geophone was set up in the son’s bedroom with a minidv camera recording it. Two 360 recorders were set up, one in the living room and the other in the master bedroom. Another recorder was set up in the basement. The cell sensor was set up in the living room. There were 2 mobile recorders, 2 mobile EMF detectors, and 2 digital cameras.
There were few personal experiences. Before the investigation started, at 7:30PM, it was reported that the light in the master bedroom was on when it confirmed that it had been turned off. At various times, everyone reported unexplained noises that were heard throughout the house, with no explaination.
No audio evidence was captured.
: A noise is heard and the geophone flashes.: Movement upstairs and the geophone flashes.: Geophone flashes.
Though the team members didn’t experience any of the homeowner’s claims, we have no reason to doubt the homeowners’ claims about the house. While we usually look at the lack of activity as a good sign, the owner has already reported additional activity occurring within the home. One investigation usually isn’t enough time to try to fully determine what is happening at a location, so MVP looks forward to hopefully investigating this property again so we can end or at least determine the source of paranormal activity.
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Coal Valley, IL Investigation #2 April 27, 2013
Background and Reported Activity
MVP returned to Coal Valley on April 27, 2013 to confront head-on the paranormal activity that had been plaguing the small home and its family for years, and to newly investigate the neighboring house, where the grandmother lives.
For previous activity reports, please refer to the April 6, 2013 investigation report. In the grandmother’s house, her claims included objects moving, a baby crying with no source, and the phone repeatedly ringing with no incoming calls.
Temperature upon arrival was 60 degrees with a clear sky. The moon phase was Full
MVP arrived at the home around 7:10PM with members Becky Reid, Bryce Carlson, Stephanie Adams, Diana Smith, Steve Danielsen, and Mandy Peters in attendance.
Following a follow-up with the family, the team met with the grandmother for an interview and tour of her house. Following this, all the clients left the premises and the investigation commenced at 8:20PM, with the homeowners leaving the premises. This investigation was unique in that the team was investigating two houses simultaneously. The investigation of both houses ended at 12:45AM.
Command Center was set up in the dining, with Bryce doing data entry and time-keeping. In the family’s house, there were 2 voice recorders in the back living room, 1 voice recorder in one of the childrens’ rooms, a videocamera in the master bedroom, and an EM pump, geophone, and video camera in the hallway. At the grandmother’s house, there was an EM pump and 2 voice recorders. Additionally, there were 2 digital cameras, a mobile voice recorder, and a full-sprectrum digital camera.
A K2 session also was performed at both locations with mixed results. A spirit box session was also tried with mixed results. Coins were set out at various locations in the grandmother’s house, with no resulting movement.
The Family’s House
During the follow-up with the family, everyone present heard what sounded like a growl or burp that couldn’t be explained along with two moaning noises. At 8:37, Becky and Bryce both heard bumps coming from the door to the garage, with no explanation. At 8:55, Steph and Amanda witnessed unexplained lights occurring in the dining room. At 9:18, Steph experienced a static electricity-like feeling in the front living room. At 9:28, Steph and Mandy experienced a flashlight moving on its own in the front living room. At 9:34, both Steph and Mandy heard a female voice in the front living room. At 10:36, Becky reported hearing a whimpering sound coming from the master bedroom. At 10:40, Diana experienced a static electricity phenomenon in the front living room. At 11:18 and 11:28, Steve experienced object movement in the back living room and dining room while alone. Starting at 11:29, nearly everyone started smelling a cat urine-like odor in both the kitchen and dining room, this occurring randomly all the way until the investigation concluded. At 11:57, Mandy reported that she was touched on the left arm while in the dining room. At 12:00, Becky and Diana felt a static electricity sensation in the dining room. At 12:06, Steph experienced something kicking her chair in the dining room. At 12:16, both Becky and Mandy reported an orb in the back living room. At 12:18, Mandy reported the sensation of fingers combing through her hair while in the dining room. At 12:21, Steph reported being touched on the shoulder while in the dining room. At 12:23, Becky and Mandy reported a strange, unexplained noise in the kitchen. At 12:26, Steph reported feeling a heaviness in the dining room.
The Grandmother’s House
At 8:52, Bryce reported an unexplainable noise in the living room. At 9:00, Becky and Bryce both heard loud shuffling coming from one of the back bedrooms. At 9:12, Bryce witnessed shadow movement in the hallway. At 9:15, Becky heard an unexplained ‘thud’ in the master bedroom. She also reported another noise at 9:16. At 9:18, Bryce reported a large shadow moving in the hallway. At 9:20, both Bryce and Diana heard a snapping noise coming from one of the back bedrooms. At 9:22, Diana witnessed an orb moving in the kitchen. At 9:30, Becky reported lights in the hallway. At 9:32, Bryce experienced a bed in one of the back bedrooms moving. At 10:15, Mandy reported unexplained lights in the living room. At 10:19, Steph witnessed an orb in the living room.
This was the growl or burp we heard before the start of the investigation:growl or burp
This was one of the moans we also heard before the investigation: moan
The other moan we heard:moan2
This was the shuffling we heard in the grandmother’s house that we were unable to explain: shuffle
An unexplained sound, sounding like something slamming to the ground: slam
No video evidence was captured.
Again, there were several personal experiences, even some unexplained noises that were heard and captured while talking with the family. We do believe that activity is occurring at the family’s house and following our investigation of the grandmother’s house, there also appears to be mild, unthreatening activity in her home as well. We will work with the family in the coming weeks to attempt to reduce, if not rid, the home of any and all paranormal activity so the family can finally be at peace in their home.
Edinburgh Manor March 23, 2013
This building was built in 1911. It housed people of all ages with chronic mental illnesses. Before this building was the Jones County Poor Farm building that was there 1850-1910. Records show that 80+ people died during that time. The property was purchased in 2011 by owners that wish their names to remain private.
Because of the experiences we had at our previous investigation, we decided to investigate the Manor again. The weather was very cold and the building was less than 40 degrees inside so we were not able to stay and investigate as long as we would have liked to. Regardless, we still had a good time and more personal experiences to add to our investigations at Edinburgh Manor.
Becky- Early in the evening, Steve set up his REM pod in the main hallway of the 1st floor. While Diana and I were in the building and Bryce and Steve were outside filming, I heard the REM pod go off. I commented on it, but my audio clip doesn’t catch it good since I was talking at the time.
While Steph and I were in command central, we both thought we heard voices. At the time we both thought they sounded kind of like a tv playing because I commented about we shouldn’t be able to hear a TV even if there might be one on in the house behind the Manor. It’s faint, but it was caught on audio.
While in the large ward on the first floor, we all experienced unexplained taps, knocks, and footsteps that seemed to go from the hallway and around different areas of the room. First a noise was heard in the hall, then over by the right corner of the room and seemed to travel counter clockwise around the room.
I felt very uncomfortable while in the basement. I didn’t have any personal experiences in the basement area, but I remember feeling sad when I saw the piano sitting there.
I also felt uncomfortable on the 2nd floor, as soon as Terry, Steph and I went up there. We set up an EM pump in the hallway. We went into the room at the top of the steps. I asked if someone was up there with us and immediately heard a pop which we attributed to settling. I then started to get a headache. About 5 minutes after that, Steph and I heard a noise in the hallway. Terry heard what sounded like dishes, then Steph heard a scrape and then we heard footsteps right afterward. Steph spoke of being very nervous. We then moved to a room down the hall. I saw a shadow on the door frame while we were sitting in the room. Shortly after that Steph saw a shadow and then Terry heard a noise or voice that was caught on audio. Several minutes later, Terry saw a pinpoint of light, looking down the hallway from the blue room. Terry then heard footsteps. We heard noises come from various areas and while walking back down the main hall, just past the stairway, Steph thought she saw a face peek out of a doorway.
Steph- Towards the beginning of the evening myself and Becky heard what sounded like a conversation outside of the room that we were in, almost like a television playing. After a couple of moments we realized that there was no television and we were hearing something else. There was no one outside of the room that we could be hearing at that time as it was when we first goth there and were all in the room.
While me and Diana were in the “control room” by the front door of the building, we heard what sounded like slippers scraping on the floor outside in the hall near us.
While myself, Becky, and Terry were on the second floor we heard BLATANT footsteps in the hallway from the room that we were in. These footsteps were caught on audio. We also heard a dragging noise out in the hallway that was also caught on audio.
While on the second floor myself, Becky and Terry were walking down the hallway and I felt very creeped out and nervous all of a sudden, more than usual. After just passing the stairwell I felt the sudden overwhelming urge to turn around and when I did I shined my flashlight down the hallway. At this time, I saw what looked like a person sticking his or her head out of one of the rooms on the left side. It was solid and looked like a flesh and blood face, not see through in any way. I only saw it for a second or so as it startled me and I looked away and removed the flashlight from the face. I could not tell if it was a man or woman but it had dark hair.
Upon listening back to that moment on our audio there is a strong EVP of a voice caught right next to the area that we were in that sounds like it is speaking directly to us. I feel that subconsciously I may have heard or sensed that voice and whatever made it and that is what made me want to turn around but of course I cannot prove as this is a personal experience.
Late in the evening, the EMF sensor was going off in the control room with no plausible explanation.
Terry- Upon arriving I went to the first room around the corner from command central to change into a long sleeve shirt. As soon as I got the shirt off, I could’ve sworn I heard a very faint female scream. I’m not certain what else it could have been. No one reported it on audio.
Heard footsteps a few times out loud from the hallways. They were also captured on audio recorders.
At around 10:24 I saw a pinpoint of light dart across the second floor hallway from the Blue Room. It was a while after that I was trying to figure out what I could have seen when Steph saw a face appear from a door way.
A few times during the night I had headaches when Becky said she had them too. Brief sharp pain that didn’t last very long. Mine were all on the right side temporal region. Just an odd occurrence.
Bryce- Reported hearing unexplained noises throughout the night.
Coal Valley, IL Investigation April 6, 2013
Background and Reported Activity
MVP was contacted by a mother who was concerned about her daughter and family that were experiencing some intense paranormal activity in their home. MVP member Steve Danielsen then contacted the daughter for information regarding her home and the occurring activity.
Activity reported includes:
-Witnessing shadow masses
-Experiencing poltergeist-like activity
-Doors being open and shut on a daily basis
-Unexplainable sounds including voices and whispers
The clients had recently built an addition to their house which included a dining room/living room, master bedroom with bath, and a laundry room. They believe that two spirits occupy the house, with the previous owner occupying the original section of the house and a darker spirit occupying the new section of the house.
Temperature upon arrival was 66 degrees with a mostly cloudy sky. The moon phase was Waning Crescent. Storms moved into the area during the investigation.
MVP arrived at the home around 7PM with members Becky Reid, Bryce Carlson, Stephanie Adams, Diana Smith, Steve Danielsen, and Terry Enright in attendance.
House had a temperature of 68 degrees with no notable EMF fields detected.
Following an interview and tour of the home, the investigation commenced at 7:45PM, with the homeowners leaving the premises. The investigation was wrapped around 10PM due to severe weather concerns.
Command Center was set up in the dining, with Bryce doing data entry and time-keeping. There was a voice recorder positioned in one of the front bedrooms with a video camera in the same room for a part of the investigation. Another recorder was placed in the dining area, by our Command Center. Another recorder was placed in the master bedroom for half the investigation and was mobile for the rest. There was one additional recorder that was mobile for most of the investigation. A geophone was placed in the kitchen area to detect any movement. Additionally, there were two digital cameras, one Mel meter, and a full-sprectrum digital camera.
The flashlight experiment was attempted, with mixed results. The K2 session also was performed with mixed results.
At 8:24, both Steve and Terry reported an unexplained sound, possibly a growl, coming from the kitchen. At 8:31, Becky reported an unexplained shadow crossing the back living room. At 8:45, Terry reported witnessing a yellow ball of light in the back living room. At 8:58, Diana reported seeing a dense fog or mist in the master bedroom. At 9:02, Becky reported seeing shadow movement in the hallway. At 9:30, Steph and Bryce reported a shuffling-type sound coming from the kitchen. At 9:51, Becky reported more shadow activity in the hallway.
This is a voice that was we were unable to explain: deep demonic voice coal valley home amplified and isolated
This is a cough or similar sound that we were not able to explain: cough
Captured on 2 recorders at 9:01PM is a response to Steve:VOICE and possible response to Steve amplified
Terry’s camera was recording when Becky saw the shadow at 9:02PM, and this is what was captured: 9 02PM bug or shadow that Becky saw
This is again from Terry’s camera, it is the response to Steve that was also captured on our voice recorders: “9 01PM possible response to 9 01PM possible response to Steve
There were several personal experiences that occurred in this residence, some coinciding with what has been experienced by the family. The team did not stay nearly as long as they would have liked, due to the storms, and as a result have already scheduled a follow-up investigation to occur at a later date, and we can hopefully put this family at ease.
Davenport, Iowa Investigation February 12, 2013
Background and Reported Activity
MVP was contacted by a mother concerned about activity surrounding her teenage son as well as other activity occurring within the home. Activity reported to MVP included the following:
-The son woke up and felt something warm on his neck, he then drove to where his mom works because it scared him. He hadn’t even looked in the mirror at that point and she said he was white as a sheet and shaking. She saw the marks on his neck and he had some on his torso too.
-The mother saw shower curtain move for no apparent reason.
-The mother heard the bedroom door slam shut, with no one home.
Temperature upon arrival was 15 degrees with a mostly cloudy sky. The moon phase was Waning Gibbous.
MVP arrived at the home around 7:15PM with members Becky Reid, Bryce Carlson, Steve Danielsen, and Diana Smith in attendance. House set-up and environment readings are as follows:
-The entry way had a temperature of 69 degrees and a base electromagnetic field reading (EMF) of 0.1-0.2 milligauss.
-The main hallway had a temperature of 70 degrees and a base EMF reading of 0.2 milligauss.
-The living room had a temperature of 70 degrees and a base EMF reading of 0.1 milligauss.
-The kitchen had a temperature of 71 degrees and a base EMF of 0.1-0.2 milligauss.
-The bathroom had a temperature of 70 degrees and a base EMF of 0.1-0.2 milligauss.
-The son’s bedroom had a temperature of 70 degrees and a base EMF of 0.1 milligauss.
-The master bedroom had a temperature of 70 degrees and a base EMF of 0-0.1 milligauss.
There were no indications of any high EMF fields in the home.
Following a tour of the home and brief interview, the investigation commenced around 7:40PM, with the client leaving the premises. The investigation was wrapped around 9PM.
Command Center was set up in the kitchen, with Bryce doing data entry and time-keeping. A real-time digital voice recorder was set up in the kitchen and monitored by Bryce. A REM pod was set up in the son’s bedroom, then moved to the house’s hallway halfway through the investigation. An EMF pump was set up in the son’s bedroom, next to the REM pod. There were 3 mobile voice recorders, a cell sensor, and a K2 meter. The team also set up a new geophone.
The flashlight experiment was attempted in the living room, with no results. A spirit box session was also tried in both the living room and son’s room, with limited success.
At 7:50PM, both Becky and Diana heard a clicking sound coming from the hallway while sitting in the living room. At 8:10PM, both Becky and Diana witnessed a shadow dart from right to left while sitting in the living room. Becky also felt the couch shift as this occurred. There was no source of the shadow that could be determined.
The team was sitting in the living room and Bryce in the kitchen and clicking noises kept being heard from the hallway: noise in hallway
Here is a response from the spirit box, though it doesn’t indicate any paranormal activity, it is interesting: hes here
No video cameras were used during this investigation.
Because most of the activity that brought us to this home was focused on the son, MVP was hoping to interview him to try to find the source of the activity, however he was either unable or unwilling to speak to us, therefore we can only report on what was found during our investigation. Based on our findings, we cannot say that any activity is occurring in the home at this time.
Camanche Iowa Investigation January 4, 2013
Reported Hauntings: The client and her family have lived in an approximately 120 year old home in Camanche, Iowa since November 2012. Since moving into the home, she reports some unexplained activity of feeling like her hair is being touched and capturing unexplained voices on a digital recorder placed in the area of where she experienced the hair touching. Because of the nature of the recordings she has become very frightened of staying in her home. The recordings include what appears to be a conversation between her son (who talks in his sleep) and another unexplained voice, a male voice saying he is going to stick them and other profanity and unexplained voices.
Equipment Setup: A stationary camera was placed in the basement area since both her husband and she felt very uncomfortable going in that area. She also had reported sounds that sounded like the door knob being rattled that was caught on her audio. Sally set her mini cam in the dining room area along with a dvr and cell sensor. Another dvr was placed in the living room area.
Experiments Performed: The REM pod was placed on the steps in hopes of capturing any movement. We also tried a session with the spirit box.
Becky: At 7:36 While sitting in the dining room conducting an interview, Mandi and I both heard what sounded like a disembodied voice. At first we thought it may have been a cat, but when we checked we saw the cat was on Stephanie’s lap and she said it was only purring. I stopped my recording so I could play it back and some kind of voice was captured.
At approximately 8:30 while all of us were upstairs, I saw what looked like a small white shadow by Steve while he was sitting in the hallway. Then 3 minutes later, Mandi and I both saw another white light to the right of Steve. It was debunked as not being from a car, phone or flashlight.
At 8:40 we all went down to the living room area. Several times during the night I saw lights by the basement door. I also saw a dark shadow up by the top of the doorway. I also heard what sounded like a faint voice. It was caught on audio but very faint.
Sally: My experiences were when I was upstairs with terry before the investigation started and we were setting up equipment the room with the bunk beds seems to have a very heavy feeling. When we were up stairs as a group I heard a scratching sound
In the girls bedroom a few times, Diana stated she heard the noise as well.
Mandi: I didn’t have much in the way of personal experiences. I thought I saw a couple shadows but it could have been people moving, cats, etc. I got a weird feeling being in the kitchen but have no explanation for that.
Steve: My only experience was seeing a three-dimensional dimly glowing mist of some sort in the upstairs hallway that materialized then shot down the steps. Unsure what to make of it, not sure if I could call it paranormal, but part of it was witnessed by Becky.
Steph: I had no personal experiences.
Terry: I was the first one to go upstairs. And, before I got up there I saw some sort of shadow play on the wall. Not sure what it was from. And, I felt a very uneasy feeling in multiple locations upstairs, but had nothing happen.
door While we were in the living room area, Diana, Becky and Mandi were sitting on the couch and were hearing what sounded like the basement door knob, several times
voice mandi and I heard 736 While doing the interview in the dining room, Mandi and Becky both thought they heard a voice. They tried to debunk it as being the cat but the cat was sitting on Steph’s lap to the left of Becky and Mandi and Becky both agreed that the voice sounded like it was coming from the right, in the dining room area.
Knife falling Terry was setting up the camera to monitor any movement from the door as that was one of the claims. He was trying to position a camera so it was up higher. He found something that would work but was very dusty so he was tapping it on a box to get the dust off of it. Watch the door behind Terry. We ruled out anyone going outside or coming in as well as ruling out animals, people, or the furnace, making the door move and the knife fall.
Because of our not being present to record the audio that we were given, it is impossible for us to know if it was from a controlled environment. This made it hard to analyze it. As a result, we would have to consider it inconclusive to our investigation.
We believe that we were either there on a non active night, or that if there is something intelligent there that it did not choose to interact with us or that the recordings that the home owner got could be residual. Since there has been no violent activity and we did not witness any said activity, we do not feel that she is at risk of any type of harm. There may be some comfort to them in stating that the house is theirs and asking any spirits to leave. We encourage them to continue to log any activity that may take place.
We would always be glad to come back at anytime should the owners desire a return investigation and encourage her to keep in touch.
Geneseo, Illinois Investigation #2
Reported Hauntings: On December 15th 2012 MVP was contacted to do a revisit of a Geneseo home due to recent activity. In attendance were Steve, Bryce, Becky, and new member Amanda. We arrived at the location at approximately 7:00pm and were met by the clients for a review of recent claims. The latest claims included seeing a man that seemed to fly very quickly into the garage as the homeowner was returning home. Hearing noises and seeing shadows were also commonly being experienced as well. While this was taking place, Steve and Bryce went through the house taking EMF and temp readings and set up cameras and recorders.
Equipment used: Sony handycam with nightshot, Digital recorders, RT-recorder and spirit box, digital cameras, cell sensor, MEL meter,
Standard EMF detector, Full spectrum digital cam, and our latest
addition the REM pod (radiating electro magnanimity). This device
creates its own natural electro-magnetic field and if anything
disturbs this field the device alarms with color coordinated lights as
to the intensity and proximity of the disturbance.
The team first set out to the upstairs to conduct an EVP session in an upper bedroom. This part of the home was one of the hot areas in the previous investigation. The REM pod was placed in the playroom where the team caught the voice of a child spirit that is said to play with the toys. An EVP session was held with no results. We then moved into the bedroom next to the playroom and conducted a second EVP session. While in this room a high pitched disembodied voice was heard but not caught on audio. This we believe was a voice from outside the home and not that of any spirit. Steve and Bryce also reported hearing a click then what sounded like a growl. But we believe this to be mechanical possibly from the thermostat and furnace. We then proceeded to the main level where a third EVP session was held with spirit box in use. Becky and Bryce both heard what sounded like a metallic clanking sound that was heard on our initial investigation of the home as well. No audio was recorded and no replies on spirit box. Steve returned to the upstairs bedroom to do an isolation EVP session where it would be only him and said spirit. Again no responses on spirit box or audio recorded. The team then contacted the clients to return to the home to do one last EVP session with them present in an effort to see if their presence would spark activity. No audio or spirit box replies recorded.
Steve: While in the upstairs bedroom Bryce and I heard what sounded like a click and a growl. Bryce and I also heard what sounded like a high pitched moan which was not caught on audio. I believe these could be explained away as outside voices and mechanical sounds of thermostat and furnace.
Bryce: Only thing that really happened to me was hearing that metallic sound that everyone downstairs heard while Steve was upstairs. No audio was captured by my recorder.
Becky: Mandi and Bryce and I were sitting in the living room and Steve was upstairs doing an isolation investigation in the playroom. We heard a metallic type sound in the area of the steps or parents bedroom. Bryce asked Steve it was him, but he denied it. Enclosing the audio of it. I also thought the cat was running from the kitchen, toward my direction and went under the coffee table, but when I looked under there I realized it was not the cat but kind of a large “ball” shape shadow.
Amanda: I saw a white ball of light near the top of the door to the master bedroom and heard the same metallic sound..
voice 730 The homeowner was talking during our interview and it sounds like another voice comes in during the conversation.
metal sound Becky, Mandi and Bryce were sitting in the living room, while Steve went upstairs when we all heard this metal type sound from the area of the bedroom.
At this point we believe that the spirit of the boy
recorded in the first investigation has moved on due to lack of
activity and evidence. As for the sighting of the man flying into the
garage and also being seen throughout the home, we believe that his
presence is merely residual. Since our investigation no activity has
been further reported in the home. As usual we would like to thank
our hosts for allowing us to return.
Mississippi Valley Paranormal Investigation Report
Willow Creek Farm – November 17th, 2012
On November 17th, 2012, Mississippi Valley Paranormal conducted an investigation on the residence of Willow Creek Farm, located in the Northern Illinois farmland, about 45 miles southeast of Galena, Illinois. Attending the investigation were MVP members: Stephanie Adams, Becky Reid, Bryce Carlson, Terry Enright, and Steve Danielsen.
Willow Creek Farm has extensive history, both official and unofficial, and has been stated as one of the most haunted locations in Illinois by author Michael Kleen in 2010 (http://trueillinoishaunts.com/2010/08/16/top-10-most-haunted-houses-in-illinois/), and featured on the Biography channel’s television show “My Ghost Story S4, E11” aired in 2012 featuring the farm’s current owner Al Kelchner (http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xrswkt_my-ghost-story-s4-e11_shortfilms). Willow Creek Farm is the last story of the show’s hour and definitely worth a look for anyone interested in the farm and/or the paranormal.
Because the residence and surrounding areas has so much history, I feel it is better to include a link to the history so that if interested one can take a look at what has already been neatly and significantly compiled. Please check out this link for more information on Willow Creek Farm:
There have been several mediums that have visited the site along with other paranormal groups, some of which have compiled hard evidence such as EVPs (electronic voice phenomenon), videos, and pictures. Because evidence presented by mediums and psychics cannot be proven, we feel that the history presented by his/her claims cannot be presented as official history and facts, however the complied reports that have been presented to the owner have been extensive and startling. Some of these reported entities that have been sense inside and outside of the home by mediums include: several unknown entities inside and outside of the home which carry both positive and very negative energies with them, an African-American male name Joe who may have murdered someone in the home, a male farmer named Big Mike who likes to pull pranks and is a bit of a jokester, a grieving woman named Anna from the early 1800s, a young boy named Robbie who had died in the home from extended illness, a woman named Sara who seems to be drawn to the current owner, and two young girls named Lily and Mary who are both Sara’s daughters from life.
MVP arrived at Willow Creek Farm around 6:00 p.m. and proceeded to meet with the owner Al Kelchner outside the residence to follow his instructions on what he wished done before entering the home. Once inside the home, the team unloaded equipment and conversed with the owner about the experiences reported in the home, both by himself and by others. The team then conducted a walk-thru of the home, getting familiar with the residence and its various areas. Once situated, the entire team went out to eat for about an hour and half with the owner leaving several audio recorders running in various places in the home as well as two video cameras. Once the team returned to the home, several mini investigations took place both inside and outside of the property at times with the five person team splitting up into pairs or in small groups, and other times remaining together. The investigation wrapped up around 2:30 a.m. on the morning of November 18th.
MVP Member – Becky Reid
6:20 pm: While sitting at the dining room table, I saw a whitish mass about the size of a soccer ball appear about 4 feet off the floor in the doorway of the laundry room. It dissipated within seconds.
6:31pm: While sitting at the dining room table, talking to Al, I saw what looked like a very small wisp of smoke behind the scarecrow centerpiece that was on the table. It almost looked like the smoke you would see right after you extinguish a candle.
6:44 Both Bryce and I heard what sounded like a high pitched squeak or voice. I thought I had captured it on audio but it can’t be heard.
When Bryce and Terry left the house, Steve and I noticed the chandelier swinging. We mentioned it and Al and Stephanie saw it too. Stephanie tried to debunk it by opening and closing the door, but that did not make it move.
While in the nursery with Steph, she and I both saw a whitish thread like shape next to Steve.
MVP Member – Terry Enright
I heard a dog bark down in the old basement and I heard a whistle someplace upstairs that Steph and Bryce heard. I also heard a few male voices that everyone heard downstairs.
MVP Member – Steve Danielsen
Shortly after arriving and Al had done the prayer and smudging of the door, upon walking in the house I suddenly found myself aloof, unable to conceive a clear thought. I felt like I was not myself. I remember looking at everyone but the words they were saying made no sense. I had felt sadness along with a little naseousness. Can’t say as to what exactly had happened, but found it a little unsettling. When walking through the living room into a smaller room I had felt a sharp pain in my finger as if someone had stabbed it with a needle. Late in the night I had heard a high pitched voice coming from the master bedroom.
MVP Member – Bryce Carlson
When we arrived, I looked back towards the fields and machine shop and saw a red light fly over the machine shed. When I was coming down the stairs from the second floor, I heard what sounded like a little child or something similar at the base of the stairs that was also heard by Becky. While sitting at the table in the dining room, I saw what appeared to be a shadow in the adjoining room that had no visible source
MVP Member – Stephanie Adams
While in the room next to the living room during the walk thru (dark room) I felt a very anxious panicky feeling and it was very hard to breathe. I felt that feeling in one other room upstairs (one of the empty small rooms to the left of the stairs) and that time I wanted to get out of the room. I did not feel this feeling later in the night anywhere.
While upstairs sitting with Becky and Steve I saw a white threadish like shape next to Steve appear briefly than vanish.
While in the basement with Steve and Terry I saw the flashlight turn on by itself when requested to by Steve. It only did this once but no one human turned it on and off when it did come on.
Mississippi Valley Paranormal cannot verify what exactly is happening at Willow Creek Farm but did acquire what we believe to be some electronic voice phenomena that is unexplained as well some members hearing and seeing phenonemen during the investigation with his/her own eyes and ears. This type of evidence and experiences could indicate possible intelligent activity at the residence. There were also some intense feelings on part of a few members that should also be further explored. The team plans to revisit Willow Creek Farm to conduct another investigation in the near future.
CASE REMAINS OPEN
*** The Mississippi Valley Paranormal team members would like to thank Al Kelchner for his hospitality and graciousness to allow us to visit his home and family. We had a great time, wish him the best always, and hope to see him again soon! ***