03/8/14

The Refrigerator Proximation

We received a call from a family in Worcester, Ma who’s son was having issues almost every night. Specifically he was having dream like visitations that they thought to be spirits. Sometimes they would be pleasant others horrifying. We went for a walk through and interview and the son told us of a particularly disturbing event where some demon like entity was sitting on his chest with its hands around his neck and he couldn’t move or make a sound.

What he was describing sounded like a typical case of sleep paralysis. While he was telling his story we asked to see his bedroom which was located next to the kitchen. Upon entering his room we noted that the headboard of his bed was on the same wall as the refrigerator, basically his head was right next to the refrigerator. I placed my EMF detector on his pillow and it read very low I believe around .01MG. After several minutes the refrigerator kicked on and the meter spiked, as a mater of fact it went so high that the digital display just flashed dashes. Needless to say we recommended moving his bed.

We at this point scheduled an investigation for the following weekend. The client called us and cancelled later in the week telling us that after the bed was moved he slept very well and had no more dreams….Hmm.

03/7/14

Triple Homicide House

We were contacted by a woman who had recently purchased this home. The issue with the home was that it was the scene of a triple homicide before the sale. The criminal investigation is not complete at this time, therefore we don’t feel as though we should elaborate on the crime or any of the circumstances involved with the case. The client though, had full disclosure and purchased the house a greatly reduced rate.

Unfortunately television shows and superstitions that friends and family had been talking about started to weigh on the woman and she became uneasy and felt creepy being in the home. We did a thorough investigation including video, audio recordings, EMF sweep and inspection of any area’s of concern.

We found no signs of activity or any environmental issues that could cause any problems. Our group members who were present for this investigation did agree on one thing, just knowing what went on in this home was enough to give anyone the creeps!

04/16/13

Metropolitan State Hospital

Met State

On 4/6/13 we investigated some of what remains at the Waltham Massachusetts Metropolitan State Hospital. Kline Hall is the building we investigated and it is now the LexMedia Community Access Cable Station. Most of the Old Met State was torn down and the underground tunnels blocked. They moved the buried bodies from the old unmarked cemetery to build a retaining pond for the new Avalon Condominiums. The new cemetery is out deep in the surrounding woods.

metfern sign  metstate grave

We used a very sensitive microphone and headset and held a quiet time for over an hour. There were a great deal of noises, humming, singing and voices heard that were difficult to explain. We occupied the first floor of the building and there is a gym on the second floor. It was late and what was interesting is that the sensitive microphone picked up these noises, but did not pick up the music playing on the second floor. If any of the noises in question were made by tenants using the gymnasium – then why didn’t we hear the music?

met state map

What was the most eerie was the sound of children singing. It is thought that a dozen children were poisoned by strontium that doctors were adding to their milk in an attempt to cure their mental illness.

Individual audio recorder captured a child humming.

Paula and mike L. felt a sudden temperature drop.

We are uncertain that the location is haunted and it warrants further investigating.

History of Metropolitan State Hospital:

The former Metropolitan State Hospital property is located on a hilltop setting in South Lexington, bordered on the north by Concord Avenue in Lexington and on the south by Trapelo Road in Waltham. It was operational from 1929 until 1992.   The $1.8 million complex was considered the most modern mental health facility in the country.

The facility closed in January 1992, part of a broader deinstitutionalization movement that shut down most state mental hospitals in Massachusetts. The entire property remained abandoned and unused for the next fifteen years.

In 2007 the portion of the property in Lexington was transformed into a 387-unit apartment complex known as Avalon at Lexington Hills. The former Kline Hall theatre now houses marketing offices, Lexington’s cable access station, an auditorium and a fitness area. A large concrete relief from the medical-surgical building has been installed outside the building as a memorial to the state hospital.

memorial metropolitan state hospital

In 1978, Metropolitan State patient Anne Marie Davee was murdered by another patient, Melvin W. Wilson. Wilson dismembered Davee’s body and kept seven of her teeth which were discovered in his possession by employees of the hospital. Despite this discovery and its obvious implications, no action was taken against Wilson until Massachusetts State Senator Sen. Jack Backman (D-Brookline) led a Senate investigation into the case along with 19 other reports of negligence by state mental health workers. On August 12, 1980 Wilson led investigators to at least three burial sites where he put pieces of Davee’s body. This evidence included a “hut” in the woods where Davee and Wilson met, clothes and even sheets which hospital employees discovered the day after her disappearance. Nearly two months after her murder, another search by hospital staff yielded pieces of Davee’s clothing and belongings along with a hatchet, the supposed murder weapon.

metstateshoe metstate sheet

In addition to the torments suffered inside the walls of the hospital, the spirits might be restless for other reasons. More than 350 former residents were placed in pauper’s graves on the grounds of  the hospital. Originally, none had proper headstones or even names attached to them. They were buried with only a stone to mark their number and their religion. In recent years, people have made an effort to give the souls a proper burial, but this does not seem to have slowed the hauntings.

There is also the sad fact that in the early 1960s more than two dozen children died and were buried on the grounds. The general consensus is that they were poisoned by strontium that doctors were adding to their milk, believing that it was a way to treat their mental illness. The ghosts of these children are said to still haunt the property.

People believe kids are buried in the ground because there was also a children’s ward along with a hospital. When the children died, they would be buried right outside the property. The grounds of the hospital are believed to be haunted by all the tormented spirits who once called the place home. The place is common for people in the area to go in at night to seek ghosts, even though it is barracked off to the public. It has become so popular that it was even featured on the television show World’s Scariest Places.

Paranormal events started getting reported while the hospital was still in operation. Residents and hospital employees reported seeing shadow figures move through the halls, passing through walls, appearing in locked rooms, and disappearing into thin air. People have also reported hearing disembodied screams, especially in the areas of the facility used for electro-shock therapy, and dead residents have been seen by nurses in their now empty rooms.

Years later, workers reported still hearing screams and seeing flashing lights from those areas. Activity was also reported in a series of tunnels underneath the grounds used by the workers to travel to different parts of the campus. Their passages were lit by single lightbulbs yards apart, and it was common for the workers to feel unseen hands grab at their feet or touch their faces or backs as they walked into the darkened areas.A few local people have even had the overwhelming feeling of experiencing the actual emotions felt by the patients, and they could talk about procedures and practices of the hospital although they had never actually witnessed them.

Current reports of haunted activity:

– heavy doors, which are always open, slamming shut when alone in building and there are no windows in these two rooms and doors are then found closed.

– sounds of voices talking when alone in building

– construction debris chunk found on kitchen counter when there is no construction overhead

– a lightbulb went POP and was found on the floor in an area that didn’t use that type of lightbulb. Witness said they didn’t leave lightbulbs laying around unused.

– two summers ago a full-bodied apparition of a woman “glowing blue” was seen by more than 15 elderly people and police were called. This “ghost” looked to be gardening beside a sidewalk up the road from the building

– some contractors that worked in the underground tunnels while renovating cable station building would not return and not give a reason

Other info on Met State Hospital:

– hospital supposedly built on Indian burial grounds

– there were hospital tunnels underneath cable company building

– old bricks from the old Met State buildings are rumored to have been used on new buildings

– Hospital Memorial marker on the Kline Building (Cable Station Building).

Met State Investigation Notes/ Observations:

Saturday 4/6/13

Actual start time:  8:41pm

Temperature: 69F

Time:        Observations made with headphones on by Mike B or Team; unless otherwise noted:

8:47            Laura put (trigger objects) hatchet & piece of hospital sheet in kitchen

8:50            faint footsteps?

8:57            Banging

8:59            Laura ran up to the gym to see if people were in there. A walkie talkie was used The Gym appeared vacant.

9:04            investigators observe a shadow blocked the red light in front hallway

9:08            Shadow blocked red light in front hallway

908            Bang at microphone in kitchen

9:11             Children’s voices, reports of chills by team, one low/deep voice, conversation

9:27            Male voice

9:29            Multiple voices

9:30            Camera 3- flash of light over kitchen counter

9:32            Singing

9:33            Hum

9:34            Mike- hearing music, specific notes; FAFCFACFACF…

10:13            hallway noises, dragging, moan, footsteps   (not heard thru headphones)

10:26           EVP session asked about basketball, Camera 5- pulsating orb over basketball

metstate admin bldg

met state old

 

 

10/22/12

Everett Square Theater

The Everett Sq. Theater (now under renovations) in Hyde Park, Massachusetts is one of the oldest theaters in Boston.  In it’s hay day it was host to a wide variety of entertainment featuring some legendary performers and stars such as The Three Stooges (my favorite), Charley Chaplin, Mary Pickford and many others.  Throughout the years, like many theaters, there have been claims of moving shadows and voices heard in what should be an empty building.  Prior to our team, there has never been a paranormal investigation conducted in this location.

Because unexplored locations present possible opportunities, our team was anxious to discover this awesome and unfortunately decaying behemoth. Hints of the the once grand nature of the auditorium could still be seen through the peeling paint and rotting walls.  The only impression anyone in our line could have is that this place is simply awesome.

Everett Sq. Theater

During our investigation we employed some methods of triggering in the hopes to stir up some old energy. We stood in what was once the seating area and played period music (such as piano rags) with an abrupt applause following each “performance”.  The music was broadcast in both audio and electromagnetic fields.  This was done to cover all ranges of what might be a receptive listening spectrum.

Sadly we didn’t get any visual bows to our rousing applause and approval, but we did leave with a piece of evidence that still has us scratching our heads.  We placed recorders in the projection room and monitored the entrance to that room with cameras.

Later on when our evidence was reviewed we heard movement and breathing in a room that contained no living individuals.  Did we capture the remnants of the days gone by? Or did we capture the sounds of a dedicated projectionist still waiting for the 8:00 showing? Perhaps it was a dimensional crossover?  Sadly we currently have no way of knowing. But one thing is for sure, the evidence was certainly unexplained.

Movement in projector room

Exhale in projector room

Bang in projector room

We certainly hope this old theater is successfully restored one day.  Gems like this are hard to find.

~Fine~

06/5/12

Private Home – Weymouth MA

Private Home

The residents of this old farm house in Weymouth Massachusetts were experiencing some unusual activity. They claimed to hear a child crying in one of the bedrooms upstairs as well as see two separate apparitions. One apparition was that of a mustachioed man in the hallway adjoining the dining room and a tall dark shadow figure that would walk from behind the barn up the side stairs and attempt to open the door before disappearing.  Everyone in this family (four  members) saw this shadowy figure on almost a daily basis.

The frequency of the activity prompted our team to leave a DVR system on the property for a week recording out of the windows to watch the path this figure would take. Unfortunately, we did not catch the alleged shadow figure.

What we did find was evidence that was validated through additional research.  A nurse at the local hospital used to baby sit for the family that lived in the house many years ago.  The child had subsequently died in the house from health issues and happened to sleep in the very room the current family hears crying.

A very clear recording of a child’s voice (approximately 5 years old) was also captured in the dining room.  Strangely enough, the child had an English brogue  (this was verified through phonetic analysis) and was apparently talking to his mother which can also be heard (unintelligibly) on the recording.  This recording was captured at around 11:00PM and there were no children present. In fact the only child in the current family’s home is far too old and has a voice much too deep to be the source of what was caught.
Child’s voice – Conversation


Voice captured near barn

At the time of this recording the family was outside and the team was congregated in the bedroom.

Another piece of evidence captured at this location also comes in the form of EVP.   In response to the question “What is your name?” a faint response could be heard on a section of recorded audio… “Leslie Moulton”.  The name Moulton was traced back to the 1800’s when the Moulton family lived on the same street as this subject home.

We feel the evidence captured here goes far beyond coincidence.  The fact that we were able to verify the evidence we captured through historical records leads us to believe this Weymouth home does indeed have paranormal activity.

 

08/5/11

The Historic Warren Tavern

The Warren Tavern is the oldest tavern in Massachusetts and one of the most historic watering holes in America. The Warren Tavern was founded in 1780 in Charlestown, MA and still stands in that block of land today. In the early years of the Warren Tavern it was frequented by many national heroes such as Paul Revere, Ben Franklin and George Washington.

When we were asked to investigate this amazing place our imaginations ran wild with the thoughts of all of the history making discussions that must have been had by heroes and legends over a pint of frothy beer.  It staggers the mind!

The claims of activity at this place were what would be expected. Disembodied footsteps, apparitions of old patrons and the uneasy feelings that go along with being in the cellar.

The first thought I had when entering this place was that there must be a ton of misinterpretations.  The floor boards creaked when the wind blew and the classic tavern design of the place certainly entertained  the idea that some old drunkards must still be lingering in the corners.  Shadows were plentiful here, but sadly, not the moving kind.

After setting up our equipment for the night we all found a place to sit and hunkered down waiting for any signs of activity.  The apparitions were said to appear at a certain table and were only visible in the mirror behind the bar.  Unusual, but with that in mind we were careful to play by the guidelines. A set of eyes and and a camera gazing endlessly into the mirror.

While we did feel some unusual heaviness in the basement (Which could be due to wiring, cluttered feel, and the low ceilings), the investigation as a whole was a bust.  But the charming nature of the staff and tasty refreshment of the “other kind of spirits” make this a place I would be more than happy to return to.

Cheers!

 

05/15/11

Eastern State Penitentiary

 

Eastern State Penitentiary, one of America’s scariest prisons, lies in the heart of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Opening in 1829, inmates not only faced punishment in solitary confinement, but spiritual enlightenment as a way to repent for their crimes.  The most famous inmate of all was none other than Al Capone who’s cell is recreated today.  After falling into a state of disrepair, the prison was closed in 1971.  Today, one can travel to Philadelphia for both guided and self-guided tours of this massive, haunting structure.

This site has been a featured investigation on many paranormal shows and has become a popular destination to investigators.

On May 15, 2011, it was our turn.  We made our way to the site earlier in the afternoon and were able to roam the grounds free of charge to get a lay of the land.  The helpful staff even told us there were areas that normal tours never went in.  We returned that evening setting up our DVR system in the Rotunda with cameras pointing into each cell block.  We proceeded to break up into two teams of three along with a tour guide to explore the grounds that already had a creepy look in broad daylight, but looked much more ominous at night.  We spent the next few hours investigating with much passion and enjoyment.  Unfortunately, aside from bats flying around, there was no activity to report.  It’s a great bucket list location for any investigator.