Mississippi Valley Paranormal

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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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

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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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Coal Valley, IL Investigation April 6, 2013

by on Apr.20, 2013, under Investigations

Coal Valley, IL Investigation April 6, 2013

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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

-Physical attacks

-Foul odors

-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.

Weather

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.

Pre-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.

Equipment Setup

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.

Experiments Performed

The flashlight experiment was attempted, with mixed results. The K2 session also was performed with mixed results.

Personal Experience

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.

Evidence Collected

Audio Evidence:

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

Video Evidence:

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

Conclusions

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.

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Davenport, Iowa Investigation February 12, 2013

by on Feb.09, 2013, under Investigations

Davenport, Iowa Investigation February 12, 2013

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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.

 

Weather

Temperature upon arrival was 15 degrees with a mostly cloudy sky. The moon phase was Waning Gibbous.

 

Pre-Investigation

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.

 

Equipment Setup

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.

 

Experiments Performed

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.

Personal Experiences

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.

 

Evidence Collected

Audio Evidence:

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

 

Video Evidence:

No video cameras were used during this investigation.

 

Conclusions

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.

 

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Camanche Iowa Private Home Investigation

by on Jan.10, 2013, under Investigations

Camanche Iowa Investigation January 4, 2013

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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.

The Investigation:

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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.

Personal Experiences:

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.

Evidence Collected:

Audio Evidence:

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.

Video Evidence:

 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.

Conclusions:

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.

 

 

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Geneseo Illinois Private Home Investigation #2

by on Dec.28, 2012, under Investigations

 

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 Investigation 

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.

Personal Experiences:

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..

Evidence Collected

Audio Evidence:

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.

Conclusion:

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.

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Willow Creek Farm – November 17th, 2012

by on Dec.27, 2012, under Investigations

Mississippi Valley Paranormal Investigation Report

Willow Creek FarmNovember 17th, 2012

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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.

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Official History

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:

http://www.hauntedwillowcreekfarm.com/history.html

 

Unofficial History:

 

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.

 

The Investigation

 

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.

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Personal Experiences:

 

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.

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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

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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.

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Evidence Collected:

Audio Evidence:

Visual Evidence:

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Conclusion:

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! ***

 

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Muscatine Iowa Private Home Investigation #6

by on Nov.17, 2012, under Investigations

Muscatine Iowa Investigation #6

Reported Hauntings: This residence has been investigated by our group 5 times in the past. The owners had moved out of the location and when they moved back, they had these claims of recent activity. “ A friend was on a ladder and felt himself being pushed off the ladder, a back scratcher that was sitting on an air conditioner was thrown across the room, feeling of being poked while sleeping, remote was making the lights go off and on and fireplace go on and off, felt the bed being moved, hearing footsteps upstairs, the smell of pipe tobacco upstairs. They reported that 2 former tenants have died at the residence.

Weather: The temperature was 41 degrees and the sky was clear.

Equipment Setup:  A digital voice recorder and a camcorder were placed in the upstairs bedroom area, stationary recorder in the upstairs front living room area, a cell sensor and mel meter in the upstairs hallway. Bryce recorded the majority of the investigation with his camcorder and Becky carried a zoom dvr.

The Investigation

Experiments Performed:  The spirit box was used in the upstairs bedroom area. Interaction was attempted using the cell sensor.

Personal Experiences:

Becky: I heard an unexplained knocking sound in hallway when Steve asked for a knock. While sitting on a computer chair in the upstairs front room, I could feel the floorboards shift under my feet. No one in the room had moved. I was sitting in the same area that Stephanie had sat during a previous investigation and she felt and heard footsteps. I witnessed the cell sensor going off 2 different times when it was laying stationary at each end of the hallway upstairs.

Bryce: Personal experiences include hearing a few unexplained noises and hearing the cell sensor go off twice for no apparent reason.

Steve: My personal experiences include recording a EMF spike from 0.0 to 0.5 then back to 0.0 along with a 5 degree temp. drop upon entering the upstairs door.  Also recorded  the same 0.0 to 0.5 to 0.0 in the upstairs living room.  Heard what seemed like a knock in response to my question. Thought I heard footsteps in upstairs living room.  Noticed spirit box replies when asking what his name was, replies were “Who me?”  and “I cannot say it.” I also had the  feeling like all of the hairs on my head were standing on end in the hallway.  Feeling a sudden bone chilling chill while doing spiritbox in the back bedroom.  Feeling slightly dizzy and again hairs on head standing up in living room. This is when Bryce’s camera could not focus on me.

Mandi: While in the living room I kept having feelings like something was pinching my elbow. When coming up the stairs from the basement it felt like something tugged my pocket.

 

Evidence Collected:

 Audio Evidence:

At 7:31 we enter the upstairs front room to start and EVP session. The cell sensor had been placed in the hallway outside the door and it goes off for no apparent reason  cell sensor731

At 7:40 when we were in the upstairs front room, we heard a knock after Steve asked for it and some shifting in the hallway  knock and shifting sound740. Becky asks for a knock and seems to get one CanYouKnockOnTheDoor

This apparent EVP was caught on Mandis stationary DVR that had been placed in the back room upstairs. We were just entering the room to investigate. We think it sounds like it is whispering “no one here”  NoOneHere  The cell sensor goes off for the 2nd time right after this. Also on Mandis recorder was this possible voice that speaks while we are all in the front room upstairs Ow222027. Another clip from her recorder seems to have an unknown male voice  HeardAVoiceBeforeThat  Steve reacts by saying he heard a voice.

At approximately 7:47 on Steves recorder that was left in the upstairs back room he caught the following:  At 7:47  in “whisper 2 muscatine”  A pretty clear whisper can be heard.  What it says, well “F*** you!”  whisper 2 muscatine

At 7:49 he captures this EVP  and explains what he feels he hears.  In “whisper muscatine” three whispers can be heard.  I believe they say “You lied to me” or “Don’t hide from me”, “Just leave!”  “Keep outta here!”  whisper muscatine  In “whisper 2 muscatine isolation”  This is just an isolated clip of the original to prove it was a whisper and not sound matrixing with the floor creaks.  whisper 2 muscatine isolation

Conclusions:

It is felt that there is a resident spirit in the home because of the information we have gathered in the past. It appears to not be bound to one location because of the reported activity downstairs as well as upstairs.

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Geneseo Illinois Private Home Investigation

by on Nov.03, 2012, under Investigations

Geneseo Illinois Investigation

The house is believed to have been built around 1900. The property is located in Geneseo, Ill

Reported Hauntings:  The homeowners have reported seeing apparitions of a male and a child in the basement, top of stairs and doorway. They both have heard their name being whispered in their ears. The male homeowner saw what looked like a child playing with a kitchen set when he went down to the kitchen during the night.  “A train set has been repeatedly destroyed and the son claims he didn’t do it. Many times I would walk into my son’s bedroom planning to catch him out of bed and in his playroom, but he was always sleeping and the door to his playroom shut. I have heard running foot steps start at the entrance to my son’s play room, then trip and hit the floor. Something hit the floor so hard and violently it shook my ceiling fan. I ran upstairs to check on my son. He was asleep on the floor. I woke him up and moved him down stairs to the living room couch. I went back to my room and laid down with both of our dogs. The moment I hit the bed my fan started shaking and I heard running foot steps back and forth. I also heard the wooden trains being played with.  I was in the bathroom and saw a shadow fly from the basement. I followed it thinking it was my son, up it went to his bedroom. I saw a man in a black cape like coat come out of no where, five feet from our bedroom door, and walk out the the doorway”. 

Weather:The temperature was 41 degrees and partly cloudy. Indoor temp averaged 70 degrees.

Equipment Setup:   Static recorder in the child’s room, static recorder in the playroom, static video camera in the playroom, 2 mobile recorders, 1 real-time audio analyzer, 2 digital cameras, 2 magnetometers, 1 Mel Meter, 1 Full-spectrum digital camera

EMF/Temp readingsKitchen: 0-2.5 milligaus, 69 degrees, Bathroom: 0.3-0.5 milligaus, 69.9 degrees, Living Room: 0.2-1.0 milligaus, 70 degrees, Master Bedroom: 0-0.3 milligaus, 70.4 degrees, Spare Bedroom: 0-0.3 milligaus, 69 degrees, Child’s Bedroom: 0-0.5 milligaus, 69.8 degrees, Playroom: 0.1-0.4 milligaus, 68 degrees.  (Whole house seemed to have elevated EMF fields)

The Investigation

Experiments performed: The kitchen area was tested for EMF and had a high EMF reading throughout the kitchen. Steve attempted the flashlight experiment in the living room. A floor piano was turned on in the playroom in an attempt to get interaction with the reported child spirit. The marbles were tested on the playroom floor to see how easily the sound traveled to the bedroom below. Spirit box was used with no results.

Personal Experiences:

Steve: felt a cold spot by him in the kitchen area at 7:25 while conducting the interview.   Also feeling dizzy and off balance in the kitchen when doing the interview.  I saw a shadow go across a section of the kitchen wall that was
illuminated from an outdoor porch light from the neighbor’s house.
Could have possibly been neighbor outside.  Witnessed some flashlight
responses that I could not explain.  Heard several small knocks which
could have just been settling noises.

Becky: I heard sounds by the tv. Cabinet. Flashlight that Steve had set up on there turned on a couple times, but not on command at 8:30.  At 9:20, while sitting on the loveseat, I heard what sounded like a door being pushed shut. I asked Bryce and Terry to walk across the floor upstairs to see if it was a movement they had made but it did not sound the same.

Terry:  My only personal experiences are: I saw a white, mostly round, ball of light near master bedroom, on the door frame.  Could have been from outside, but no cars went by.  And, I saw the light from the moon blocked out in spare room upstairs.  Wasn’t looking straight at it, but saw the light change in there.

Bryce:  No real major personal experiences, just heard some random sounds.

Evidence Collected:

Audio Evidence

813 – This is the footstep Steve heard. Enhanced slightly. (Living Room)  813PM – Footstep Enhanced

818 – This is the high pitched sound we all heard. It sounds like glass being hit, happens 3 times. (Living Room)  818PM – High Pitched Sound

803 – This one has several sounds like small things being dropped or hit together. (Upstairs)  803PM – Upstairs Noises

839 – You can hear us downstairs, then you hear what sounds like a child hum then what sounds like someone blowing on the recorder mics. (Upstairs)  839PM – Upstairs Noises2

926 – A very big thump when we’re all downstairs. (Upstairs)  926PM – Upstairs Bang

705 child voice during interview  7 05PM child voice at 2 seconds in

720 sounds like a response during interview  7 20PM seems to be a response at the end

751 child voice whisper , we are downstairs, recorder upstairs  7 51PM child voice then whisper

906 Terry and Bryce upstairs, recorder in playroom  9 06PM child voice play room Bryce and Terry upstairs

Becky in kitchen walking  nothing

female voice kitchenliving room  get out, quiet voice, whispering under our talking

Conclusions:

Based on our experiences and evidence gathered, there appears to be mild paranormal activity that is benevolent in nature.

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Edinburgh Manor October 5, 2012

by on Oct.23, 2012, under Investigations

Edinburgh Manor Investigation

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.

The property is located at 13241 E23 County Home Road Scotch Grove, Iowa 52205

Website: Edinburgh Manor Facebook Page

Reported Hauntings: Previous investigations have reports of flashlights turning on, on command, singing, female voices, whistling, a plate flying across the room, being grabbed, and numerous EVPs being captured.

Weather: Clear skies and a temperature of 37 degrees outdoors and average of 65 in the building.

Equipment Setup: Command center was set up in the main room with the long table, on the first floor. Stationary cam was set on a tripod in the first floor hallway, facing right from command central. A digital voice recorder was placed in room 100 while going on the walk through and upon hearing claims that it was an active location. The Truth Trap Cam was set up on the second floor, right by the staircase facing east down the hallway. A second stationary cam was set up in the same hallway, facing west.

There were several voice recorders carried by members throughout the night. A full spectrum camera was used by Steve. Members also used cell sensors, K2 meter, SP7 spirit box, and real time audio.

EM pumps were set up in room 100 1st floor and in 4 other locations throughout the building.

 

The Investigation

Experiments Performed: EVP recording sessions took place throughout the building, lazer grid on 2nd floor hallway and in billiard room, flashlight experiment, spirit box in room 100 and a room on the 2nd floor. Flashlight experiment was also conducted in the dining hall in the basement. We used pill bottles and syringes as trigger objects.

Personal Experiences:

Bryce: “While myself and Steve were in the building alone on the second floor setting up EMF pumps and the Truth Trap Cam, we both heard a chair slide across the floor. On the first floor in one of the rooms, myself and Diana kept seeing small pinpricks of light appearing and disappearing in pitch darkness, with no source. In the dining room, myself and Steve had activity with the flashlight experiment, seeming in response to questions. We also experienced a heaviness in the padded cell area. I also heard a female talking when we were gathered in command towards the end of the night that was not one of our investigators.”

Steve: “During walk-thru, I saw a dark shadow cross the hallway towards the staircase when on the second floor.  I gave chase, and found nobody there but realized that this shadow did not pass through anything as it seemed to head directly for the stairs.  While setting up a trap camera with Bryce on the second floor, both of us heard what sounded like a heavy chair sliding across the floor.  When we ran down the steps to see what had happened, I noticed that a door that was previously propped open during walk-thru was now shut.  We made many attempts to debunk it, but could not.  I heard several disembodied female voices throughout the night, none of which were decipherable at the time.  When on the second floor saw a shadow pass a doorway to a room across the hall from where we were.  While in the dining hall with Bryce, I had witnessed some intelligent activity during a flashlight experiment in which said spirit was able to manipulate the flashlight to turn on and off.  Unfortunately we had no video equipment with us at the time to document the event.  While in the padded room I noticed a very heavy sensation to the point it made me nauseous and I had to get out.”

Becky: “Upon entering Edinburgh Manor, I experienced a slight uncomfortable feeling. During the walk through, I decided to stay in central command while the others toured the basement. I turned on my recorder to document my presence there. During that time, I repeatedly heard snapping type sounds but did not catch them on my recorder.”

“Andrea, Steve, Mandi and I were in room 100 doing an EVP session and ghost box session. I kept thinking I was seeing shadows in the hallway. At one time Mandi and I both reported seeing shadows and immediately after that we both felt a coldness. Numerous times throughout the night I thought I was hearing female voices and did capture some on my recorder. I also heard a whistle while on the 2nd floor and this was captured on audio. I heard what sounded like a giggle on the 1st floor.

While in the billiards room with Andrea, we both heard snapping type sounds come from the area of the barber chair and then later from the area of the easel. We then heard what sounded like paint chips in the hallway. All of this was captured on audio.”

Diana: “I heard a couple of female voices or screams but other than that, it was a pretty quiet night. I had my laser grid set up with Mandi on the second floor hallway but nothing unusual there. Heard some bangs while we were sitting in the hallway of the 2nd floor. I did hear what sounded like a couple of footsteps while in the billiard room.”

Mandi: “I saw a shadow in the doorway of room 100 on the first floor. Right after that I felt a chill. I also heard a female laugh while in that same room. On the second floor, while I was with Diana, I heard several distant noises that could not be identified. While walking around the area, I had an uneasy feeling when I passed ‘The Purple Room’. I did not enter the room because of the gut-reaction being near it gave me.”

Andrea: “I saw shadows at the women’s end of the first floor hall as we were sitting in the room at the end of the hall, as did Becky. I also thought I saw a head (shadow) poke around the doorway of the same room about 4 to 5 feet up, at about the door lock level. At that same time Mandi indicated she thought she saw something out of the corner of her eye & she was sitting just inside the door on the same side I saw the head. Later that night in a room just upstairs from this room, I believe it was the 2nd floor, I was sitting on the floor looking down the hallway & could see the light being blocked out of the window in the room at the opposite end of the hall way. I ask Steve & Becky to look & they indicated that they saw the same thing. We watched it for a few minutes & then decided we needed to go investigate. It was a clear night & we couldn’t figure out what could have been blocking out the light as there were no tree near enough to the building to be causing the effect. Also in the billiards room I asked for a knock & “someone” answered me. WooHoo! My first personal experiences with the group!!”

Evidence Collected:

Audio Evidence

From the recorder that Mandi held: 9:14PM “There’s something there.”

11:07PM – Female voice talks over someone 7 seconds in

This audio clip of a chair being moved was caught on a stationary dvr on the first floor in command central, right after Bryce and Steve went upstairs to place a Truth Cam: Chair sliding

During the time that Steve and Bryce were trying to figure out which chair moved, Steve hears this: Female voices

After trying to debunk and recreate the chair movement, Bryce and Steve went outside to wait for Diana, Andrea, Mandi and Becky. This Class A EVP was caught on the stationary DVR in command central 1 minute later: Class A Female talking

The following is a slightly amplified version of the previous EVP: Female talking

Becky and Bryce locating the "chair sliding" audio

Becky and Bryce listen to the audio of a chair sliding when no one was on first floor. Diana in background

Caught on a recorder while in the purple room: Female voice Purple Room

Caught on a recorder during spirit box sessions: Talking over ghost box, Voice Edinburgh purple room, Voice, Whistle 2nd floor purple room, Gimmie, Hello Edinburgh, Hello Hey Edinburgh, Hey before I speak Edinburgh,

Audio clip during walk-through: Humming

EVPs from the area of room 100: Laughter (We heard this out loud.)

Noise and breath(recorder was alone in room 100),Unknown sound on 1st floor

Audio clips from the billiards room:

Snap in Billiards Room,knock for andrea

Conclusions

Based on the personal experiences and evidence collected, we reached a decision as a group that we do believe there is paranormal activity taking place at this location, Edinburgh Manor.

 

 

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