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Coal Valley, Illinois #2

by on May.12, 2013, under Investigations

Coal Valley, IL Investigation #2 April 27, 2013

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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.

Weather

Temperature upon arrival was 60 degrees with a clear sky. The moon phase was Full

Pre-Investigation

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.

Equipment Setup

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.

Experiments Performed

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.

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Personal Experiences

The Family’s House

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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

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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.

Evidence Collected

Audio Evidence:

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

Video Evidence:

No video evidence was captured.

Conclusions

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.

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Edinburgh Manor #2

by on May.03, 2013, under Investigations

Edinburgh Manor March 23, 2013

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History: 

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.

Personal Experiences

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Audio Evidence:

First Floor

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7 23PM possible whisper 1st floor with Bryce 

8 12PM unknown sound or voice DVR in 1st floor hall

10 44PM unknown scream DVR first floor hall

loud noise in distance recorder alone in command central

10 18PM 1st floor empty whisper then loud voice

high pitched female voice recreation room

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noise alone in cc950

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noises after leaving building last time

possible female voice in response large ward

strange interference and female laugh 

strange noise while I’m talking

strange screech

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tapping in response large ward

whispering main ward 

whistling recreation room

thud and noises

possible response to diana

 

Second Floor

9 12PM unknown sounds in empty bulding

9 14PM noise in empty building

9 50PM odd noise or voice in empty building

10 15PM dragging sound from hallway 2nd floor

10 15PM footsteps in the hall amplified

10 29PM footsteps amplified not Terry laughing

distant cough and close whisper

distant scream or laughter

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loud whisper while going up steps

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sound terry heard from blue room 2nd floor amplified

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Basement

we were not alone whispers amplified

possible whisper basement

 

Video Evidence:

8 13PM possible KII response on first floor (1)

8 17PM small and fast light zips near KII

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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