Saturday, June 7, 2014

Meek Mansion Hayward, CA 5/24/14


I recently got to investigate at he Meek Mansion in Hayward California with BAGH.

I was shocked at how big the mansion is and there is a beautiful park around the property. It was built in 1869 by William Meek. It's approximately 7,902 sq ft with over 20 rooms.  The Ream family brought the mansion in 1940 and added a ballroom and bedroom space.

The docents and Laura from BAGH were excellent hosts and there was a lot of activity in the house.  As soon as we stepped through the door, we were experiencing it.  In fact, I could feel it just walking up the front steps. We did a walk through and I noted any impressions or feelings I had.  I didn't listen to the docent because I didn't want any history of the house to influence what I was sensing.  I was attracted to a huge bay window in the front of the house and on the 3rd floor there was a left bedroom that I felt a huge amount of energy in as well as the servants quarters on the 2nd floor.

Our command central was in the carriage house.  We gathered all our gear up and soon as I headed towards the front steps, I along with several others felt a surge of energy.  It was hard for Laura to even get through the door.  I went to where the front window was again to see if I felt anything as everyone waited to start and a female whispered in my ear at one point; much to my delight.  We kept hearing sounds from the adjacent room as well as movement above us from the 2nd floor.  The spirits were definitely willing to communicate with us.

You'll have to ignore the kids playing outside in the beginning, the park was still open at this point.

USE HEADPHONES FOR BEST HEARING RESULTS - Right after the spirit whispered in my ear you can hear a spirit speaking and then another answers. I think a male says I'll be late for the night train and then there's a female reply don't panic. Voices

Someone comments that they heard a little kid outside yell the name Mariah (one of the attendees).  And then there female voices.  One of which says I want you to be bad.Voices2

We start the investigation.  My group is on the 3rd floor first.  I ask if we can investigate the left bedroom, since I felt a lot of energy in there on the walk through.  There is a bathroom with a clawfoot tub that separates that bedroom from the other.  We have the door open between them and a rempod in the bathroom along with a push bell (like you'd see on a counter).

We do a round of questioning and get a response.  I'm not quite sure what was said in the middle.  I can hear I don't know.....I can not have Then there is a pause. I hate em. Voices3

Ann asks what holiday is coming up.  He says Gracias mem...morial day (will have to use headphones to hear more clearly). Holiday

Mike asks a question and the reply is I don't know. Answer There is a response to a question.  Voice

This one is harder to hear but since they actually rang the bell, I'll leave it.  Actually they ring it again within a minute later.  I think a man says Go ahead....they're waiting.  There's another whisper, a pause, then I think it says I'll try and then you hear the bell ring.  Bell The only other thing I could think that noise could be is a camera but I checked my video and even though I'm facing away from the group, I would see the flash of one. It also makes that same noise a few minutes later.

The bell was a great idea.  It's easy to push as well.  I think I'll have to get one.  Genius idea Laura.

We got a response when we asked for a name but I think it says April I think. Which is interesting because that is my first name that I don't go by.. Male Another male voice. I can hear the word water. Male2 

I have two versions of this.  The man says, help me my mother's still alive. Alive Alive2 

There's a couple of other responses after that and one of them sounds like he says don't try to help me. Then Laura thinks she's hearing footsteps and there is some whispering. After that, Laura asked them to walk through the bathroom and you can hear a male voice.Man 

We then went to the other bedroom on the other side of the bathroom.  We used the spirit box.  There is a man talking that doesn't seem like it's through the spirit box several times but it's really hard to hear.  We ask if they want us to leave. He says no, stay. Stay  Now, I thought I heard it say April. Laura at that point said she heard someone say that in the other room. Then, it kind of goes April crazy (we are talking under it). The first part says April help us. There's a weird male gravely voice that says something right before two more female Aprils back to back. April  This one says, here is Joe. Joe 

In the attic we got several responses. The street noise is loud but you can hear most of them.  I ask if someone died in the house. A male says connect to? Use headphones.  Voice  Laura asks a question about hair and I think he replies. Male  Someone asks do you know what year it is. There's a no and then later I think you better not give up. This is harder to hear. Voice2 . Mike asks a crazy question and a female responds, sounds like I fear. Female 

We then went into the main parlor on the 1st floor - Laura is setting up and a spirit is whispering.  Sounds like he died too then please go (harder to hear).Male Next, it sounds like a male says go to the main house, take my wing?. A female speaks right over Laura and says don't say a lot, and I can't understand the last part. Voices Laura is talking and there is a male voice. Man 

We then here some movements coming from upstairs (thumps).  There was a lot of chatter in this room so I didn't post it all.  In this one, Laura asks did someone assist you in their death and a voice sounds like it says Mercy Mercy 

I wish I could understand their answer to the question, does this room hold any secrets. There are two responses actually but I can't figure out what's said. So, I didn't post it. Here's a louder voice. Sounds like throw em away. Voice Someone asks what do you miss most about being alive and a male answers, I'm not sure. Man Someone is talking over Laura's voice and says three things. Response 

We start a 2nd evp session and we heard the answer.Voice 

So at the time we were listening to this in the room, we thought the voice said Morena (and later that name was said upstairs with the other group). Everyone swore they didn't say it. Before the cough, there is whispering too. Morena 

We got into the solarium and I was asking Laura some questions and there is someone talking as we talk. In the first one, I can clearly hear don't you think about it.Voice This one, there's a weird voice in the beginning and then a Yes at the end. Yes  There was another whisper but I didn't post it and several responses like that. Voice  Voice2

We had stepped back inside because we were all feeling crazy energy and Laura's ears were hurting.  Then different people were feeling sick or like energy was pushing or pulling us.  I started feeling tense and clenching my fists and others were feeling tense too. We got several responses during that time but I can only understand I am. Male2  And then some more voices. Voices

We go down to the basement (creepy) and mostly everyone went downstairs except for three of us.  Laura and everyone else went down into the cistern (where they would get water).  It was a steep climb down so I optioned out.  We kept hearing talking (a male).  And they were either quite down there or Laura was asking questions.  It echos really bad in that chamber so you couldn't make a lot of noise.  Here is a male speaking. Male

Now, this was creepy because again I think someone whispered April again. April I'm still hearing something.  You can tell the difference between them speaking down below cause it echos. Voice  Ann asks how many are here and sounds like someone says six. Six 

I think I in the kitchen for this one. Sounds like I want that in the parlor. Female  

We went to the dining room.  There were some possible voices in the beginning but everyone was chatty so I had to discount them. I asked how long have you lived here. Male  We ask some questions and someone is using dowsing rods.  There's a couple of good evps.  The first one sounds like he says I love you. Male2  Female  

So, I asked when they said April earlier if they were referring to me.  The rods crossed for yes.  Then I asked if they new I didn't like being called April and it said yes.  We're laughing and then Laura asks do you care and it gave a resounding No. Then someone says, can you point to who in this room is named April and it pointed to me.  Then I say interesting and someone speaks. It almost sounds like the answers by the way I don't know.Response  

We went to the servant's quarters next.  There's a lot of whispering.Whispers  Man  Man2  

There was a long sentence by a woman. But I can only make out matter of fact (in the beginning). In that room you can hear traffic noise so sometimes it's difficult to hear.  I was actually hoping for a lot more in there. It's interesting that the activity lessens the later it gets. I notice that at the Hornet sometimes too. Maybe it's because our energy is petering out.  Anyway, our last stop was Mrs. Meek's bedroom.  I got a few whispers, but that was about it.

All in all, it was a great investigation.  Up next: Hotel Ledger in California Gold country.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Cohen-Bray House - Oakland 3/1/14

Hello Everyone. I recently got the opportunity to investigate the Cohen Bray house in Oakland California with Bay Area Ghost Hunters (shout out to Laura).


The house was built in 1882-1884 by Julia Moses and Watson A. Bray.  It was very nice to have relatives of the family on the investigate with us.  They provided such a great insight.

While a brief history was given of the house, I listened to music and put in my noise cancelling ear phones so I didn't hear it.  As I tapped into the energy of the house, I got a vision of 2 girls (felt like they were twins).  However, one was very much in the forefront.  She was very excited about something they were celebrating and was talking to an adult.  She had on a dress and was very animated and full of energy. I didn't say anything until later and found out that there were twins.  One died around 6 years of age and her name was Mary.

We started out in a large room adjacent to the library (parlor room).  It's a big sitting room that the kids called the twirling room.  There is a huge mirror that was rescued from the house next door which had caught on fired and burned down (it was also owned by family members).  I was very drawn to it.  We settled into the room and started an evp session.  Again, if you want to hear detail you have to listen with headphones.

Laura asks if there is a little girl named Mary and we do a voice. It's faint though, almost sounds like Mary is right there. Voices

Then we're talking about Mary (who we keep saying is 6) and the room we're in. It sounds like someone yells. I'm seven. Seven A similar voice says something right after that. Voice

Laura asks a question. Response

I talk about the vision I saw while I was tapping into the house before the investigation. And there is a voice that appears along with mine. Voice2

There's a few times when you can hear voices behind us talking. I just can't make out what they are saying. This is one of the louder ones.Voice3

At one point when we're listening back to the recorder, I felt the whole room shift.  I heard it and felt the shift.  Right after I voiced the shift, Laura noted that her battery drained in her camera.  The temperature dropped in the room.  We also ask them to make a noise twice in a row and they do.

Here's two responses. Voice4

I have to say this next was loud it kind of stunned me.  Laura asks the identity of a woman in a photograph (it's Emma) and you hear someone say, that's me.  Then it kind of sounds like a very clipped voice with a slight accent says, let me tell her Francesca.Male There is a male in the group with us but he sounds nothing like that.  It's completely out of the blue with no response.

Here's some voices. Voices

From there, we went to the dining room.  We used the spirit box and got no results. But as soon as we turned it off a man ways, what was that. What

I asked everyone to hold hands to join our energy. I asked whoever was there to say their name and there is a muffled female voice but I just can't make out the name. Then someone asked if the spirit lived in the house and you hear a yes. Males  I ask a question and a female says okay. Okay
Another response Male

We ventured up to the attic.  There was a little room that was a study and also a bedroom at one point.

I had my earbuds plugged into the recorder and listened as we did a minute of silence.  I thought I heard a man say go ahead.  Here it is. Man

I also got two other male voices.  Not sure what 1st voice says but second sounds like Patrick Males.

There was another fainter similar voice after that one.  We then ventured to the master bedroom. 

We went across the hall to the sewing room and got this voice which Laura and I heard. Sounds male first than female reply Voice.  Then Laura asks a question and gets a response. I think it says yes talk. 
Yes.  I did hear that live.

 This was in Emelita's bedroom.  She was the youngest daughter.  It's pretty loud.  Yes

In the master bedroom, I got this. TooHot  Laura asks are you proud of your family and a female says I don't know your family (at the time we thought she said No).  And then a male says who are you?  Who

We went around and all of us asked questions.  On the 2nd round, I felt like they wanted me to ask something about the wedding but my mind went blank and I thought that I could hear movement around the room.  I do ask and then it sounds like a woman says 'kind of' in response and then another says yes mom.KindOf

There's actually two voices (2nd one is louder and sounds like he says i don't feel like it anymore. Voices  Then Laura mentions the house and it sounds like a man says just make it right. Right

Laura then mentions listening to our records and a male says, your voice may not come out right. Harder to hear this one.  Should use headphones.  Male Another voice. Voice

We then went into a room that had a wax doll and some clothing.  The room felt very dense and it was making me nauseous.  So, I asked if we can do a quick evp session.  I'm not totally sure what he says.  At first I thought it was I don't have to like you but the more I listen it sounds like will instead of don't. Man Another response Response

Laura asks a question and he talks under her and then you hear clearly he will not help you. Male
Another answer. Says never. Never Another one. Man2

I have to say, I really enjoyed the investigation.  If you ever get a chance to tour, you really should!!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Pardee House Oakland, California 11-30-13

Hi Everyone,

I had the opportunity to investigate at the Pardee Home Museum with the Bay Area Paranomal Group.  Laura organized another great investigation.  The house was erected in 1868.  There is also a detached carriage house which has 2 floors.  The upstairs is mainly storage and there is stories about someone hanging themselves up there.

We began in the carriage house.  Before we even started I got this evp.  It's a male's voice that sounds like he says it hurts below.  Hurts. Right after that, we begin and Laura is talking about who they've talked to up there and a male voice says I'm still here. Here.

After that we did another evp session and I can hear a man that sounds like he says don't talk to me. But, it's hard to hear.

This is the only interesting cam photo (game motion camera).  There's a white spot then nothing.  Also on the 2nd shot if you look in the upper open door (top center) area there are two orbish looking things that aren't in the first picture. Not saying it's paranormal, just interesting.  We're all upstairs.

Here's a video, you can really see the movement in the picture.  I just toggled between the two.

If you can watch this full screen, you can see a lot more movement!

We then went back into the house. We started in the front of the house towards the street. It was the main parlor. I hear a really high pitched noise but no one else heard it. I ask about it(I'm the only one with headphones on) and Laura thinks maybe it could be a car outside, but I don't hear a car until a ways afterward. It sounds like never hurt me.  Hurt.

Everyone gets situated. Laura hears a whisper. There does seem to be a male voice saying what kind is it or what time is it. Male. We tried a spirit box (scanning backwards and at fastest rate). I did here some things. This was the most compelling. It sounds like the same voice for several words. Hello, xxcant't understandxx Listen. Listen. We're trying to get them to talk and she asks to say one of our names and you here I am Michael xxxxx Michael. This is weird because it sounds like a little boy. Boy.

We gave up on the spirit box and just did normal evps. Laura had asked several questions and I started to have some problems breathing. I was struggling to not cough. It didn't feel like allergies but it was like my chest was feeling constricted and I was trying to shake it off and couldn't. I was sitting right at the entrance of the Candlestick Parlor. And it sounds like a voice said I need him. Need. Right after that I drop my flashlight. I can't hold it any more because I'm so overwhelmed. I'm coughing and kind of choking trying to get it under control and someone says what sounds like I'll go. When we were trying to listen to it back at the time, we thought it said agua and it was a child. But it sounds like a woman to me. I'll Go.

I cough again and I ask if someone just whispered cause I can't breath but I still have earphones on. But, no one said they were talking and only one other person heard it but me. Someone thought they heard a noise right before I started choking as well. After that we tried to talk to whoever it was. I do feel like I got some faint whispers but nothing clear. And it seemed so cold in the entrance to that parlor.

The interesting thing about this is that apparently, in a different investigation that I was unaware of, someone was sitting in the same place as me and started choking as well. She started getting all this information about a car crash and her chest being crushed. And the museum staff did some research and Florence Mary Pardee was in a car accident and was crushed and possibly died from her injuries in the house.  Her picture is on the wall in the Main Parlor. There is a faint response when Laura says she's sorry about how you died. And a voice says then help us. Then she tries to get them to make a noise. Noise.

We then went to the dining room. Which is on the other side of the main parlor. I did get a few male responses but couldn't understand what he was saying.

We then went to Ms. Madeline's bedroom. There was a whisper and a weird noise but that's it. Voices.

And the next room (Twin Bedroom) had some whispers but that's about it. Although, I did capture this interesting orb.

Then, we went into the trunk room (which you access through the Billard room. It's very interesting in there.

It had some crazy energy and there were 2 skulls in a case that were apparently stolen from a Guatemalan crypt by friends of the Pardee's. A lot of us were feeling crazy energy in our chests and heads.  We went back into the billard's room and there was a lot of background chatter.  Voices1.

We were in the master bedroom and I left a recorder in the Billard Room. Laura was telling some background stories and we got this Voices5.  It almost sounds like he will not hear you. Voices6.
Then she asks about another person and a male voices says he's not here. NotHere.
She's actually replaying her evps in the other room. She was asking about the man who decapitated the captain and there are some weird noises and then someone yells get out right now. GetOut.
Then she asks more and a male says I know. And then after another question he says I think I know that.Male.

Overall, I really had a great time with the group.  I think I got some great evps as well.