Paranormal messages? Evidence from a TC Paranormal Society Investigation [VIDEO]
A video still from the investigation.
After we wrote about a night with the Twin Cities Paranormal Society last week, two of the investigators returned to the haunted house in Brooklyn Park to talk through their findings with the homeowner, a woman we call Dawn, and her 15-year-old son.
Lead investigator Will Ventling presented four main pieces of evidence: three audio aberrations and a video clip. We've embedded all four here, so that you can draw your own conclusions.The first notable audio moment came in the second round of the investigation, in the basement. Ventling went upstairs for a minute to swap out equipment, but I stayed downstairs, alone. In this clip, a faint whispering toward the end seems to say "run":
During the final round, in the son's bedroom right before 1 a.m., a mysterious whistling, squeaking noise recurred for the third time that night. This time, it went on for a full four seconds. Puzzled, Ventling rewound his video camera to listen to it again -- but discovered that the device had malfunctioned during those exact four seconds.
Here's the video -- that space where the screen cuts out is right where the squeak happened. Though the noise lasted four seconds, the recording compressed it to about two:
The audio recorder experienced the same malfunction, at the same moment:
Following the squeaking, Ventling got up to check around in the closet, where the noise seemed to come from. Later, when he went back and listened to the recording of that moment, he heard something that sounds, to him, like the words "Get... away":
When she first heard these clips at the evidence reveal, Dawn was surprised, but also nervous, Ventling says, particularly since the audible phrases and words are all slightly sinister ("run," "get away"). To Ventling, though, the comments aren't unusual. "I'm digging around in the closet; I'd tell me to get away too," he says.
During his analysis, Ventling doesn't tamper with the audio. He just throws on headphones, removes some static, and re-listens to the whole investigation. He explains that recordings can pick up on frequencies the human ear can't, "like a dog whistle," which is why he can sometimes hear on the recordings things he couldn't at the time. These mysterious sounds are known as Electronic Voice Phenomena, or EVPs -- aka, ghost speech.
The whistling, squeaking noise and simultaneous tech malfunctions continue to puzzle Ventling. "I don't know if that was paranormal, or a coincidence," he says. "We can't ever know for sure."
For now, Dawn and her son continue to have "activity" in their home, and Ventling reports that they're taking steps to protect themselves: using oils, putting crosses on the window. "She's trying to stay positive," Ventling says, "not to let it affect her life."
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