This was our second investigation with the Haunted Mansion Retreat group, so we were much more prepared for what awaited us this time. As before, the site location is to remain secret, but it is located in an isolated area up in the mountains, yet not too far from the city below. The full history of the location is not known, and one of the things we are trying to find out from the spirits that live there.
We crammed as much gear as we could into the car for this investigation. We had a four-camera DVR system this time to try to capture the black shadow that lingered in the second floor halls. We had some new tech gear such as thermochromatic paper and electrostatic detectors for movement. With voice recorders and cameras everywhere, the ghosts of the mansion were not going to get any privacy for a couple days! We also had a live-monitor recorder for real-time EVP responses.
More detailed information will be published in our report in the HMR book!
As before, we heard some disembodied voices and caught glimpses of dark shadows moving. Flashlights turned on and off on their own (presumably in response to questions). One investigator had a sudden feeling dizziness, strong headache, and loss of strength and had to leave a room during an EVP session. One of the writers appeared to have a full-on attack from one of the aggressive spirits of the house.
Most of the evidence was captured on EVPs as expected. The spirits were very familiar with our equipment and what it could do. They made references to our recorders and "light meters". Several EVPs were of the spirits wondering why we couldn't see them and why we wouldn't respond to them, even though they were answering our questions. Frustrating to them, and to us, since most of the time we have to do EVP analysis after the investigation. They referred to themselves as spiritual beings, but there's also EVPs of them saying that we are the dead ones and they told us to go into the light a couple of times. That definitely gives a different perspective on which side is living or dead.
Some of the same old spirits were there to greet us. While most were friendly and willing to answer our questions, there was at least one very rude spirit on the third floor that would swear and say mean things to us. This may also be the same spirit that attacked people. There was also a little boy that would follow us around, very curious about the things we had. There are a lot of spirits in this location. On two occassions, we were given a number of 23 by the spirits. In several rooms, our recordings were nothing but EVPs of the spirits talking to each other either residually, or talking about us. It's as if you went back in time to a full house and were listening to all the daily lives of the people there. Everything from taking care of children, to your job, to romantic affairs could be heard. It's all out of context and most of it too faint to clearly make out, but enough it can be heard to piece together basic information about their lives.
The EVPs posted to the website are just the ones that we expect you to be able to hear the best. As always, what's actually being said is a best-guess. Most of the time, it's just impossible to figure out without any context.