On Saturday August 4th, 8 members of MVP and one guest set out to
revisit the Farrar school near Altoona, IA. Our previous visit had
turned out some good results, including the sighting of an apparition.
We were excited to get back there and see what else the school had to
offer. Present were members Steve, Becky, Stephanie, Terry, Chris,
Diana, Andrea, Bryce, and guest.
History: To be brief, Farrar school was built in 1921 and opened in
1922 as an institution to incorporate several of the one-room rural
school houses in the area. It started out as a high school, until a
new separate school was built. It then became and elementary school
until it’s closing in 2002. It had became known as the Washington
incorporated school district. While in operation, the school was a
centerpiece of the town where many events were held. The school had
recently been purchased by Nancy Oliver and her husband in an attempt
to revive the old school to host various events. While walking in the
gymnasium one day, Nancy was startled by the sight of the apparition
of a young boy standing near the top of the steps. The school was
later visited out of the blue by two women one of which claimed to be
psychic. After going through the school, the woman spoke of several
spirits of children that were still hanging around. She had recorded
the first EVPs captured in the school, and can be heard on the Farrar
school website(www.hauntingatfarrar.com). There is only a couple of
confirmed deaths at the school, one of which was a boy. It is
uncertain as to how they died. Later the school became the subject of
vicious rumors of sexual abuses said to have been performed by a
former custodian and principal. Their names will be not be given due
to family members that are still alive in the area. Once again,
nothing has been confirmed when it comes to this.
Walk-thru: The team was met by Seth, a member of CCPI who does all
of the tours at the school. He has conducted several investigations
of the school, each time producing some fantastic evidence. We were
given a short walk-thru and told of some new happenings in areas that
were not previously active. This included the sighting of an
apparition in a second floor classroom which has been nick-named the
“possession room”. The reason for this name is a member of another
paranormal group had suddenly been taken over by something and began
screaming at those in attendance to leave the school. While doing
this walk-thru a few members of the group had reported activity
already happening. The feeling of cold spots and strange drafts were
among the preliminary activity. While readying equipment Becky and
Steve were met by a knocking on a window sill. Steve had attempted
communication, and many knocks in response to his questioning had
occurred, followed by the sound of a doorknob being jiggled.
Investigation: The group had set out equipment which included
several DVR cameras, digital recorders, motion trip wires, and a
series of 5 EM pumps set in a gauntlet formation in the third floor
hallway. The electro-magnetic pumps were used in such a fashion as to
create a vortex of energy for any and all present spirits to use in
order to create more intense activity. With the many reported
sightings of apparitions in the school, this technique seemed
perfectly logical in theory. The group then split into smaller groups
to focus on key areas of the school. Activity was frequent early on,
but tapered off in the later hours, as seems to be the norm for this
property. There were several personal experiences reported along with
many EVPs including a couple of class A recordings. There was one
quite strange phenomenon that occurred several times throughout the
night. The group uses walkie-talkie radios to communicate with one
another. Several times a child’s voice keyed up on the radio. At
first it was thought that this was just outside interference, but
later seemed to be intelligent responses as to what we were doing. A
couple of these incidents were recorded on DVR. Once again this
school did not disappoint. 4 shadow apparitions were seen throughout
the night in various areas, lots of bumps and bangs, whispers,
breaths, disembodied voices, and footsteps were among the activity
Personal Experiences: Diana- air going by her as she was standing by
one of the classrooms on the third floor. While walking up to third
floor from second floor heard squeaky shoes running up behind me.
When I turned around there was nobody there. Then I heard a pinging
noise from the other end of the hallway. Saw a shadow block out lazer
grid in 3rd floor classroom.
Terry- Heard a pinging noise from classroom across the hall on 3rd
floor. Also saw a shadow of what looked like an adolescent male move
across the windows of a classroom on the third floor.
Steve- While in the gym with Terry, I had walked near the locker room
and felt a cold spot that seemed to radiate around me. My ears then
began to ring. When in the stage room with Andrea, I had been doing
some minor provoking in an attempt to get the spirit of a former
principal to show himself. I had felt dizzy, and what felt like icy
fingers running down the back of my neck. Becky and I while setting
out equipment were met by something tapping on the window sill in the
stairwell. When asked questions, whatever this was responded with
taps, then jiggled a doorknob on the door leading to the second floor.
Terry, Bryce, and myself were coming down the stairs from the third
floor to go to the main floor. I was the first one down, and as I
reached the second floor I saw what looked like a solid black,
three-dimensional, full-bodied shadow apparition standing in the
hallway looking into a classroom. At first I had thought that it was
another investigator. I looked back up the stairs to see if the
others were coming. When I looked back the apparition was gone. I
called out for Chris, as he and our guest were on this floor. He came
out of the very same classroom I had seen the shadow standing in front
of. I asked him if he was standing in the hallway at the time, and he
said no that he had been in that room for quite sometime but did hear
noises coming from the hallway and noticed the hallway growing darker
outside the classroom door but thought it was his eyes playing tricks
on him. Evidently not. Later while taking a break to go outside and
smoke, I had re-entered the building and looked up the front steps to
the second floor and was startled to see another full-bodied black
shadow apparition of what looked like a young boy just staring at me.
If I had to guess, it was about 4′ tall, but could make out no
features. Both of the shadow apparitions I saw would be like seeing a
person dressed in all black clothing standing at the end of a hallway,
but these were only a few feet from me. I did not stay to chat, I had
just did a double-take to make sure I was seeing what I was seeing and
took off to the main office to get the others. When we returned the
apparition of the boy was gone. A camera was set in the area, but the
wall had blocked out where the boy was standing which was on steps a
couple of steps from the top. I had also seen some bright light orbs
in second floor classroom with Bryce. Also while in the same classroom
saw the shadow of a head move across the window headed toward Bryce.
Steph- Felt something brush across her arm outside one of the
classrooms. Witnessed shadow blocking out lazer grid in 3rd floor
Bryce- Heard several disembodied voices when investigating in the gym.
When on the second floor investigating with Terry, had heard kids
screaming. Had seen red light orbs in second floor classroom, and
witnessed the same shadow Terry did on the third floor.
Becky- Felt static electricity on her head in the stage room.
Witnessed intelligent responses through tapping and doorknob jiggling
with Steve. Witnessed bright pinpoint light orbs in second floor
classroom. Had seen shadows block out window in one of the classrooms
Conclusion: Once again the Farrar school had lived up to its
reputation of being incredibly haunted and active. The EM pumps
seemed to do the trick ramping up the available energy and and
activity. If we had to guess why this school is haunted, it would
have to do with the fact that it is one of the only still standing
structures of the old defunct town of Farrar, IA. Since it was a
center-point of the community, and a place for holding many events the
residual energies from the past remained. As for the intelligent
spirits that remain in the school, this was a place that was either
one of the best times in their lives or one of the worst. They could
be here to tell anyone their story, or just still having fun. The
overall atmosphere seems to be playful, but there is a more ominous
presence there, that gives off a bad vibe when he is around. Some
believe it is the former principal, or maybe the former Janitor whom
was rumored to have committed abuses here. Who it really is, we don’t
know. Nor do we know if the rumors of abuses are true or not. Could
just be a legend handed down from year to year, decades old. Maybe
one day we will know. Until then, the spirits of children and faculty
remain as if it were just another school day.
On April 14th, 2012 MVP returned to a home in Rock Island for a
second investigation. Several EVPs were caught in this home before,
and shadows were seen. The investigation started with two teams
including the client. One team in the basement and the other
upstairs. During set-up Steve heard what sounded like a whisper in
the spare bedroom. Also a flashlight that was placed in the bedroom
seemed to light up on command, but vibration could have set this off
as well. An EVP session was held in this bedroom immediately, but no
further occurrences happened at this time. The team in the basement
experienced no activity as well. A spirit box session was held in the
living room yielding a few seemingly intelligent responses. A K2
meter was also placed in the living room as well and seemed to receive
hits when the spirit box was responding. During this session Terry was
in the hallway and felt as if something brushed by his face, so he
took a photo. A strange white mass was caught in the photo, and has
yet to be debunked. The teams switched places, held EVP and spirit box
sessions but no further responses or activity were caught or
experienced. The home seemed to be not quite as active this time, but
a few EVPs were caught. We still believe that there may be some
activity happening in the home but it is sporadic. If there is an
intelligent spirit, it seems to be friendly and not out to cause any
Audio is as follows:
On March 10th, 2012 5 members of MVP visited a home in Erie, IL which was claimed to be experiencing paranormal activity. The family had experienced several occurrences over the years in which they lived there, as well as others who had visited or lived in the home. The team met at a small restaurant in Erie to eat and discuss the case. At 7:00PM the team arrived at the home and met with the clients for a tour and to discuss their claims of activity. A photograph had been submitted to the team by the client before the investigation that seemed to show some kind of image that formed in the bathroom mirror, and upon arrival it was claimed that the same image was just seen the previous day on the stove top. But through inspection it is believed that the photo may just be the result of the matrixing of smudges on the mirror. Matrixing is a phenomenon in which the brain can take visual patterns or aural sounds and convert them into pictures or words that the brain can comprehend. Common examples of matrixing are the popular optical illusions we used to see in school science books, or maybe the magic eye posters that were popular for a while. It was also learned that it was believed by the clients that the activity may stem from a fire that had engulfed a home that was next door to the property, in which an entire family had died with the exception of one male child who to this day still has the burn scars on his arms and face. This fire was reported to have taken place in 1979, and an old newspaper was found in the clients’ home told the whole gruesome story.
Claims include, hearing footsteps walking up and down the basement steps, the sighting of the images in the bathroom mirror and stove top, the sighting of a mist or shadow crossing the living room and disappearing into the wall, bangs, electrical interference, etc… After the tour and discussion of claims, the clients left the home for the evening and the team prepared equipment and took pre-investigation readings of EMF/TEMP. The team then split into two groups. Terry, Steve, and Erik went to the basement while Stephanie and Chris went to the upper level of the home. This put a dead floor between the two groups in a way to prevent as much noise contamination as possible. While in the basement Terry, Steve, and Erik heard what sounded like footsteps coming from above, however this was later debunked as the footsteps of Steph and Chris on the upper floor being heard through duct work. This was a possible explanation for one of the claims made. Eerie feelings in the basement were another claim. The basement lighting was kind of wired strange by a former owner of the home who was an amateur ham radio operator. However no unusually high levels of EMF were detected in the basement that could debunk eerie feelings. No unusual activity was experienced in the basement by the first team, in fact it was rather quiet. The team then met once again on the main level of the home and were ready to switch out positions. Steve had gone to get his flashlight from his bag which was in the living room when he suddenly felt a wave of static electricity that left the hair on his arm and neck standing on end. So at this time we felt it necessary to do an EVP and spirit-box session in this room. Several responses came over the spirit-box, including a reference to the fire which happened over 3 decades ago. Also in sync with these replies a K2 meter that had been placed on a chair had started to respond to questioning. After activity ceased, the team once again split, this time Terry. Erik, and Steve in the upper level of the home, Steph and Chris in the basement. Once again fairly quiet with the exception of a bang or two and a possible footstep being heard. We concluded the investigation at this point.
After evidence review there were a few EVPs caught which are as follows this report. It is concluded that there is some possible paranormal activity happening within the home. As to who or what is causing such activity still remains a mystery. Future investigations would be warranted at the clients’ permission or need. Personal experiences are as follows.
Steve- As I was entering the living room to grab a flashlight, I felt a wave of static electricity go past me as if I had walked through something or something walked through me. All of the hairs on the back of my neck and arms were standing on end. I believe there is video footage of this event. The best way I can describe the feeling is like putting your arm next to the screen of a TV set that is turned on.
Erik and Stephanie reported no experiences
Chris had heard a footstep and a bang while in the basement and in the upper level of the home.
Terry on several occasions had seen what looked like a light source coming from a back bedroom, also claimed to have seen a shadow pass Steve when he felt the static. Also reported to have seen a small shadow about the size of a shoe move across the floor.
Audio and video evidence is as follows:
On February 25th three members of MVP set off to Aledo to investigate the claims of activity in a home there. Shortly before setting out on this we had learned that a blessing had been performed by a Catholic priest and it was believed that the entity had been pushed out of the house into the backyard. We had arrived in Aledo at about 6:00 PM, and decided to eat at a local restaurant and go over the claims. Claims included a statuette that was said to turn on it’s own, footsteps, bangs and knocks, being touched, and a black mass shadow with a purple outline that was seen at the top of the basement steps. The sighting of the apparition is what made the client seek out a house blessing.
On February 11th, 2012 a few members of Mississippi Valley Paranormal traveled to the small town of Lisbon IA to investigate a small museum there. The curator of this museum along with other employees had experienced some strange happenings revolving around a military exhibit. Claims of activity included the shifting of a display case that included various military items of the civil war era and others, medals, etc… Also there are 4 Civil War era items there that sit upright on the floor that are claimed to have fallen over when nobody was there. Voices have been heard, and the apparition of a sea captain had been seen in the front section. Doors were claimed to have been opened when they were shut, and items have been scattered about for no apparent reason.
The team arrived at the location at about 7:00pm, and met with the curator for a walk-thru tour. We then set up our video cameras and readied our equipment for investigation. The investigation started out with two teams, one upstairs in the museum area, and one downstairs in the basement. EVP sessions were held in both areas. Later the teams switched places and EVP sessions were held once again. We then met back in the museum for a quick spirit box session which yielded no results. The museum seemed quite quiet that night. So we thought.
Steve: While investigating in the basement I had heard a whisper right into my ear. I could not understand it at the time, but seemed very real. I also noticed that in the area of the military exhibit the temperature seemed much colder than in other areas. I recorded a 5 degree difference in that area with my MEL meter.
Stephanie: In the basement while with Bryce and Terry I heard what sounded like a voice coming from the Walkie Talkie. It may have been interference from outside but it was very strange as it seemed to be directed towards us. Also while reading the Bible downstairs I heard something move in the vicinity I was in. I was sitting on a table with a lot of stuff on it and it was from the table I was on. I was not moving at all and there would be no reason for anything to shift on the table. It seemed to be very close to me. I also heard what sounded like a faint scream while in the basement.
Becky reported no personal experiences.
Diana: When we were downstairs I heard a couple bangs and knocks but that was all and upstairs while I was sitting at the table I thought I heard footsteps behind me and a shuffling like sound. I’m pretty sure Becky heard the footsteps as well because we both turned around and commented on them. Also right when we got there before we started investigating I was walking toward the war display and I heard a female giggle and I asked where Steph was because I thought it was her and she heard me ask it and she popped her head around and said it wasn’t her and I know it wasn’t me or Becky. So I’m not sure who was giggling but I definitely heard a giggle……….and it was female.
Bryce: Not many personal experiences, just a couple sounds heard in the basement with Steph and Terry.
Terry: Heard what sounded like a scream in the basement. Also, I Heard something move when I was alone in the farming area. Could not figure out what it was
Chris: My personal experiences were not much. When Steve ,Diana and myself were in the basement,heard some knocks or taps. Also we all heard a whisper which i captured on audio with us all reacting to it. The only other thing was a shuffling noise with a footstep that happened right behind me.
On December 10th a group of MVP investigators set out to Rock Falls, Il to a home which has been claimed to have paranormal activity for years. Present were investigators Becky, Steve, Stephanie, Terry, Chris, Erik, and the two homeowners. Before the investigation the group chose to meet at local restaurant to discuss the case. Claims of full bodied apparitions, voices, and footsteps were among the many things experienced by the homeowners. When we arrived, we were met by one of the homeowners who then gave us a tour of the home. The master bedroom seemed to be the epicenter for most of the activity experienced in the home. We learned that the home was once a small apartment housing unit, and that most likely several people had lived there once before. The home seemed to be very old, perhaps built in the late 1800s to early 1900s. While touring the home, the owner told us of an experience he had with a full bodied apparition in the master bedroom. It was claimed that he had seen a young boy wearing knickers, which was a popular style for boys in the 1920s. He claimed that the apparition looked right at him, appeared to pick something up off of the nightstand and proceed to walk through the closed door to the bedroom into the hallway. Also the apparition was claimed to have been seen in the kitchen or dining area of the home, by a nurse. It was also learned that the master bedroom area along with two adjoining rooms and closets used to contain a small apartment with a kitchen and bath.
After the tour the team met back in the living room to gather equipment and conduct a pre-investigation interview with the clients. While this was going on, Steve set out on his own to do some base EMF (Electro-Magnetic Field) sweeps. It was noted that the base EMF in the living room was high, along with the kitchen area. The upstairs as well seemed to have a high base reading of a .5 with the lights on. With the lights off the upstairs EMF went flat. While in the master bedroom doing a base sweep alone, Steve heard a disembodied voice of what sounded like a small child or baby. There was a digital recorder present in the room at the time and this voice along with Steve’s reaction were caught. After meeting with the group once again, we set out to the upstairs to begin our investigation in the master bedroom. While in there the team was met with a heavy feeling, the feeling you get when you are not alone. Once again the base EMF was flat, and no unusual EMF spikes were recorded at this time. Once again the disembodied child voice rang out, and was heard by all members of the group and was also heard several times throughout the night. What was strange about it was that not all group recorders caught the voice. The team spent about 30 mins. investigating the bedroom, then split off to other rooms. A spirit box session was held in the bedroom yielding no results. Also no audible responses to questioning as well.
The team investigated the upstairs for about an hour, then met once again in the dining room and kitchen area of the home which was on the main level. Once again, a spiritbox session was held yielding no results, also no results to direct questioning. The basement of the home was not investigated as there are no claims that go along with it. The team wrapped up and set out for home.
After evidence review several EVPs (Electronic Voice Phenomena) were caught. Many of these EVPs seemed to be residual in nature as they did not seem to be direct answers to questions and just seemed to be blurted out phrases from an event in another time. There was one possible response to a question Becky had asked in which a very faint female voice was caught. In conclusion we believe that the home is experiencing a residual-style haunt. A residual haunt is actually a naturally occurring phenomenon in which voices, and sometimes images of the past can be seen or heard. Living history as you will. This phenomenon is set off by high levels of natural EMF and minerals in the foundation of the structure or surrounding environment. These minerals such as limestone or quartz can record images and voices much like a tape recorder, and when coupled with an electrical source or natural EMF field can once again live to repeat the event over and over again. We believe that this home is experiencing the residual haunt at its highest potency. Residuals can last for years or days depending on the availability of conditions that support it. When the owner spoke of the boy walking through the solid bedroom door, this can be answered with the image that he saw was a past event playing out before him. The boy walks through a solid object like a door suggests that there was not a door there in his time. Most likely an open doorway. Residuals can do no harm because they are merely images and voices and have no intelligence what so ever. They can however be startling if you are not ready for it. Other than that we believe nothing that can be considered as intelligent paranormal is happening in the home at this time.
Evidence is as follows:
On Tuesday June 7th, I attended the American Ghost Hunter movie screening at the Blackhawk Hotel in Davenport, Ia. In attendance was Ryan Buell, Chad Calek, Serg, and other members of PRS and AGH. The meet and greet was awesome!!! Being able to actually talk to Ryan Buell was my highlight. Asked him some great questions about how he investigates, and the Paranormal State show in General. Many may think that Ryan and the group might be arrogant as other celebrities. But it was just the opposite. They were gracious, and open to any and all. Ryan seemed a little introverted but a regular guy like myself. He gave me some great information about digging up history and information on sites, etc…
In march MVP was contacted by a woman claiming paranormal activity in her apartment. A team of Bob, Andrea, and Steve were sent to investigate the apartment in hopes of finding the cause of this activity. When we arrived, we introduced ourselves and conducted a pre-investigation screening where we found out more about the activity happening in the home. Claims of whispered voices, the feeling of someone sitting on the bed, a lamp turning on and off by itself when unplugged, and footsteps being heard made up the list of activity recently happening. It was thought by the client that this may possibly be the ghost of her step-father who recently passed away. The activity started out as subtle things here and there, and increased in frequency in recent months. The client spoke of a bed that was now being used by the clients’ son that had belonged to her mother and step-father before they died. It was this bed that some of the activity seemed to surround.
On November 20th 4 MVP investigators were sent to a home in Colona, IL.,in which multiple claims of paranormal activity were reported by the current resident. These investigators included Steve, Terry, Stephanie, and Chris. This resident has two children, and in a situation where children are involved MVP is quick to respond. Upon arrival a quick walkthrough was done revealing no unusually high EMF except in the kitchen from the stove and microwave which is common with such appliances. A pre-investigation interview was done to find out any and all claims of activity. Claims included seeing multiple shadows on a frequent basis in the hallway. A massive black shadow was claimed to be seen by the client at the foot of the bed upon waking up in the middle of the night. One other claim was the smell of incense at first being subtle and later filling the entire apartment. Cabinet doors were said to open by themselves. Steve set up an infrared cam in the bedroom where the large shadow figure was seen, with a good angle of the hallway and bathroom where other shadows had been seen. The group decided to start in the living room with the client not present. The client had a few small animals which were observed closely for any changes in behavior during investigation. An EVP session was held in the living room yielding no results. Terry did however see a shadow of a person pass in front of the children’s bedroom window. In an attempt to debunk this Chris went outside and walked past the window and the same shadow was seen. He had also reported that the client and a friend were out there at the time. We then split up and went into the two bedrooms. Chris and Steve were in the master bedroom, Stephanie and Terry in the children’s bedroom. A second EVP session was held. During this session Steve claimed to have seen a large shadow pass along the hallway wall heading toward the bathroom. Steve then noticed the busy street outside and it was believed that the passing cars’ headlights were causing shadow play in the hallway where many shadows had been seen. Terry also reported seeing a small shadow low to the floor which was explained away as probably being the same thing. No EVPs were recorded at this time. Deciding to have the client return to see if the activity was centered with her, we reconvened in the living room to do one last EVP session. While conducting EVP Steve again reported to have seen a small shadow peering around the doorway of the hall looking right at him then ducking around as he attempted chase. This shadow was believed to be the result of a trick of the eye as nobody else saw the shadow as 2 other investigators were looking in the same direction. It was after this we decided to wrap it up. Upon further evidence review no audio or video yielded results. No shadows were caught nor EVPs. The claims of the incense smell can be explained by the fact that the apartments are all side by side and may share the same duct system. A person burning incense 3 doors down could possibly work its way through the ducts and make its way into many of the apartments. This is just a possible explanation, not a fact, due to not being able to test the theory. Our results concluded that no paranormal activity could be detected at the time of the investigation, but due to recent activity reported by client after the group leaving this case remains open and may require a second investigation to make certain of such. It is suggested by this investigator that the client have the microwave and stove shielded for EMF output as this may be the root cause of heavy feelings experienced in that area.