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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.

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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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by on May.23, 2016, under News

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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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IT’S HERE!

by on Jul.07, 2013, under News

A new page has come to our site entitled “Investigators Favorites”.  This will include our choice of favorite evps, videos, photos and anything else we feel might be of interest to those searching our site. New favorites will be added periodically, so make sure and check it out frequently.

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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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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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