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


Members of Mississippi Valley Paranormal were honored to be asked for interviews by two different newspapers this week. Ben Jacobson from the Clinton Herald interviewed team members Becky, Steph, Terry, and Steve and that article appeared in Saturday 10/29/11 Clinton Herald and online at:

Brian Stephenson was the reporter that interviewed Becky, Terry, Sally, and Steph for the Sauk Valley newspaper and that article is in Sunday 10/30/11 paper and Monday 10/31/11 paper and online at:

We really did enjoy meeting both reporters and would like to thank them once again for the opportunity to introduce ourselves to the public.


Members Diana, Becky, Steph, Andrea, Bryce, and Steve will be investigating the reportedly haunted Farrar school house, located in Farrar Iowa,  on August 27th. The team will be allowed to investigate from 7:00pm to 7:00am.   Please check back on our site for a complete follow up to this investigation.You can read about the background of this school at:

MVP Members at American Ghost Hunter Screening

Steve and Ryan Buell



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…

I guess what suprised me the most is that Ryan Buell is just as skeptical and scientific as many of us in the field, even though his show does not seem to reflect it that much.  They showed us some incredible evidence not shown on TV, and the lectures were very informative for paranormal investigators.  I learned a new way of questioning when doing EVP that I plan to use on future investigations.  The small crowd made it a fantastic opportunity to really get to talk to these guys.  It was more  than a learning experience for me, and I look forward to attending more conferences in the future.
One of the neat things about the movie is that most of it was shot here in Iowa.  Chad Calek is from the little town of Persia, Iowa some 40 miles east of Omaha, NE.  I even learned some history of downtown Davenport I did not know before.
The move is hard hitting and down to earth.  It shows the true side to ghost hunting as a whole, what we are really here for.  It is about the human experience.  Dealing with tragedy, and the demons that come with it.  The movie was based on Chad Calek’s family and his mother’s struggle with the demons resulting from a horrific accident with his father and a haunting in the home they live in.  Chad was caught in the middle of all of this and Ryan Buell lent a helping hand as any true friend would.  This movie reminded me of why I became a ghost hunter, and why I am bent on helping those plagued by the mysteries of the paranormal.  All I can say is for an independant film this movie really hit home.
After the screening, there was a Q and A session.   Needless to say, the room was silent.  No questions.  I swear to God this movie hit everyone in that room like a freight train!  I mean when the room was asked for questions, there was nothing but eerie silence, that means this movie was good!!!  In my opinion this is the best independant movie dealing with the paranormal I have ever seen, bar none!  And to know that it was done by a local makes it even better.  I will remember this experience for the rest of my life.  Well worth the 100 dollars I paid for it.
Chad Calek speaking about American Ghost Hunter
Chad Calek American Ghost Hunter screening
Ryan Buell from PSR speaking about American Ghost Hunter
Becky and Chad Calek
Diana and Chad Calek
Becky and Sergey Poberezhny
Diana and Sergey Poberezhny
Becky and Ryan Buell
Diana and Ryan Buell
Diana and Becky putting Ryan Buell on the spot!

Paranormal Science. Real or Pseudo?

Just want to take the time to address skeptics on the science of paranormal investigation. Many would call what we do a pseudo-science. Well, when you label something pseudo you are already convinced that what is being studied is false or does not exist. On the contrary, we have plenty of evidence to support the existence of paranormal happenings. What we are trying to achieve is to answer how these things happen. Is a ghost a manifestation of our inner spirit doomed to walk the earth for eternity? Or is it a residual memory of our former selves left as a reminder for the living? Or could a ghost just simply be a concentration of some sort of intelligent energy? Some may say that paranormal science is new and pioneering. On the contrary, paranormal investigation and science goes back as far as the 13th century, maybe further than that. It has just been recently brought to light by the airing of television reality shows. Its popularity is growing day by day. Why? I think we all want to know what happens after we die. Some of us, just want answers for paranormal experiences of our own. Most mainstream scientists scoff at the idea of paranormal science because our instruments are crude and evidence sketchy at best. May I remind them that at one time the same could be said for their sciences. Medicine for example, went from leeches and blood letting, to MRIs and organ transplants. So those who scoff now, may be enlightened when equipment and knowledge becomes better and greater. After all we use the scientific method that most sciences use. Observation, evidence gathering, theorem, measurement, experimentation, etc… Still sound like a pseudo-science? What do you think?

Investigation of private residence Colona, Illinois

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
     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

Return to Illinois City

On November 6th, 2010 MVP conducted a follow-up investigation to a private home in Illinois City, IL with permission from the owners. People present at this investigation included Steph, Steve, Diana, and Terry. After arriving at the house a little after 7:00 p.m. we first conducted an interview with the owners to gather any recent experiences and/or if anything has increased in the home since our last visit.

Jim reported hearing various growls around the house including in his bedroom at the foot of the bed. Things had been moved, for instance a catalog on the kitchen table being opened after leaving a room when previously it had been closed. There was a Halloween bowl that is set off by movement that has gone off by itself when nothing was around. Shadows were seen outside. The owners were particular interested in the EVP we gathered the last time the team was there of a voice stating “help me”. We thanked them for allowing us back and told them we would do what we could do.

Since the team was so small and the house is on the smaller side we all stuck together the whole night so that we wouldn’t have to worry about noise contamination from each other. Steve set up his video camera on a tripod in the room off of the kitchen to film directly into the kitchen. Terry also set up his camera from the front room towards us in the kitchen and we put various audio recorders around the house as well as had at least one with the group the whole time. As an experiment Steph set up the Halloween bowl that sensors movement in the kitchen on the opposite end from everyone else to see if it went off.

Steph also placed a closed catalog on the kitchen table and verbally asked out loud to show her something in it if they wished. Steve also set some coins on the table to see if any would move or disappear

We started an EVP session in the kitchen and later moved into the living room in the front. Steph sat in the chair that Becky had felt push her forward last time with the others on the couch and chair in the other parts of the room. We then moved into the bedroom in which the growls were reported in and conducted an EVP session there. Lastly, we all moved to the basement where it seems had the most activity for us all night.

After coming up from the basement we moved into the side bedroom upstairs by the bathroom that seemed to hold the most “pull” from various members of the group. No one seemed to like that room too much which was never really explained, just more of a feeling.

Personal experiences:

Steph – Every time I stepped into the doorway of the bedroom upstairs by the bathroom I felt lightheaded. Every single time and it would come on immediately and strong. I felt this way nowhere else in the house. At one time out in the front room when everyone was walking into the front bedroom I suddenly felt as if something was behind me and I hurried everyone into the room as I wanted to get there so my back was no longer facing the room we were coming out of. Downstairs there was a blatant noise that came after I asked “would you like those artifacts to be reburied in the grounds?” Everyone heard it as it was loud and sudden. It did not come again at any other time in the basement although there were a few lighter ones here and there. We agreed that the lighter ones were probably just the house settling but not the loud noise we all heard as it could not be easily explained.

Steve – Felt the heavy feeling in the bedroom off of the living room. While interviewing the client I saw a flash of light in the corner near the bedroom but did not know what to make of it at the time. While in the bedroom off of the living room I felt as if it was hard to breath in the room and that the atmosphere was heavy. Also while in the basement I, along with everyone else, heard the loud knock in response to Steph’s question.

Terry – Hair felt almost electric when we first got there. And, pretty loud bang in the basement that was obvious, and heard by all. Thought it had a different feel when we turned the lights back on at the end of the investigation.

Diana – I can’t say that I had many personal experiences except when we were downstairs and when Steph asked if the artifacts that were recovered from the land should be buried again and there was that loud bang and I felt a cold breeze on my right side as I was sitting on the couch. I also had a creeped out feeling when we were in that bedroom off of the kitchen and I heard what sounded like something being moved or dragged and I felt like there was someone standing behind me.


9 33 do you want them to rebury the artifacts Bang

female voice illinois city

whisper illinois city

7 57 Help

help him

motion bowl

We want to thank Jim and his sister again for letting us come out into to home.  We cannot explain scientifically everything that has happened in our investigations in the house so we believe there is something going on. We don’t feel that it should be feared but want to extend our help at any time the activity starts to feel threatening and they do not feel safe in any way. For now, the owners have just found a way to deal with the experiences in the home and are (semi) peacefully living side by side with the activity.

As a side note….If you plan to set up a sensored Halloween bowl with a big moving hand and a very loud noise when it goes off at a paranormal investigation remember that it is there and where it is. Also remember that it may go off when taking pictures. That thing scared the heck out of many members during the night as it went off (by natural means) and may have been responsible for several underwear changes among us all.

Private residence Moline, Illinois

Chris was contacted by a co-worker in regards to our group conducting an investigation at her home. Her main reports were of escalated activity since her daughter had turned 16. Clients reported unexplained voices, lights and electrical appliances going off and on, doors opening and closing, and objects moving. Terry, Paul, Jordan, Becky and Andrea formed the team of investigators.

The team concentrated on the upstairs rooms, since that is where most of the reports of activity took place. A videocam was set up in the hallway in hopes of capturing the reported shadow. The team split up into different areas of the upstairs so that they could monitor any activity, but remained in sight of each other. Several EVP sessions were conducted, before asking the clients children to participate, one at a time, in hopes of producing any of the reported paranormal experiences.

Personal experiences reported are as follows:

Terry writes “I had almost no personal experiences. I did feel a heavy feeling when I was upstairs alone taking photos and video before the investigation started. I also heard the light bulb above me tap, two different times, but it didn’t strike me as paranormal. I was able to capture some EVPs.

Becky reported that my dvr was not functioning during the majority of the investigation. The only personal experience I had was watching the flashlight go off. After we had been talking for about 5 minutes, Jordan said something about we were going to leave, so turn it off, she was too lazy to and the flashlight went off and then back on.

Andreas’ personal experience was at the end of the investigation when she was standing near Becky and felt really cold on her left side, to the point of having goose bumps.


9 29PM becky laughs then whisper

10 23PM all of us in far room, whisper

chill out

I wouldnt do it

that’s not working

light goes off

The family reports, to Chris, that activity seems to have ceased since we investigated.

Mississippi Valley Paranormal Villisca DVD

MVP is now taking orders for our new release DVD about a recent investigation by

members at the Villisca Axe Murder House. Bob Brading has done a fantastic job

documenting the investigation and history in this  video that includes actual

photos of the house and EVPS that were captured while on the investigation.

This DVD will be selling for $10 and can be ordered by contacting Bob at:

Mississippi Valley Paranormal Villisca Trailer


On August 28th, at 7:00 pm,  MVP will be returning to the East Moline Library. The group held a presentation and public investigation on July 17th

and it was a big success.  Some surprising results from the investigation will be revealed when the group returns on August 28th for

a reveal, new presentation and another public investigation. If you would like to be a part of the fun, please contact Tami at the library at


Conducting a Proper EVP Session

In most paranormal investigations, investigators conduct what is
called an EVP session.  These are conducted in hopes to receive a vocal,
visual, or audible response from whatever may be lurking there.  There are
a few rules when conducting a session that every good investigator should
follow.  1.  Keep your questions short and to the point.  2.  Allow 15 to
20 seconds between questions to allow for response.  3.  Note any and all
sounds heard by "tagging."  Tagging is making a vocal note of any sound
heard by the investigator.  When going over audio, if you come across a
voice, whisper, or sound that was not tagged, you can note it as possible
paranormal.  4.  Try to keep your questions on an interpersonal level. 
Remember that you are speaking to what once was a person, who doesn't know
you or why you are there.  5.  Try to refrain from provoking at all costs. 
You never know what or whom you are dealing with.  Provocation is only used
when absolutely no signs of activity have been noticed the whole night. 
Some investigators believe that provocation is the only way to get results.
But think about it from the other side of this.  If you were a ghost,
would you want to cooperate with anyone demanding things of you or trying
to anger you?  Provocation can also be dangerous if dealing with a
malevolent or demonic entity as I found out on our Clinton investigation. 
6.  Try to refrain from coughing, sneezing or clearing your throat during
an EVP session.  If you have a cough that is difficult to control it is
best not to participate in the session.  7.  Try to eliminate any and all
outside contamination, by allowing other investigators or clients to know
that you are conducting a session and to be silent at all times during.  8.
Allow only one person to ask questions during the session, this way it
eliminates any confusion and keeps the conversation between the
investigator and the ghost.  9.  Most importantly, use your senses.  Your
sense of hearing, sight, smell, taste, touch, and even intuition.  You
never know what you might miss if you close yourself off to these things. 
10.  Think outside the box, don't ask the same questions over and over. 
Whatever you may be talking to might become bored.  Use historical
references, talk about the weather, maybe talk about an event that happened
at the time when the spirit was alive.  If you follow these 10 simple
rules, you should be able to conduct a picture perfect EVP session.  Happy