Prolog: In January 2007 Long Island Paranormal
Investigators was invited to investigate this residence in the Historic
section of Honesdale, PA by the owner Michael Quinn. LIPI members stayed at
the residence for 2 days and performed a
lights out investigation using digital
analog audio recorders,
systems, EMF and other electronic sensors.
House owner Michael Quinn (right) shows LIPI members
the reported "hot spots"
during our initial walk through of the residence.
Historical Background: Michael Quinn stated
he has owned the residence for over 10 years. The building is 120 years old.
The original building had burned to the ground before he purchased the
property and was rebuilt. The original building's foundation is clearly
visible in the basement.
The foundation of the original house can clearly be
seen in the basement.
Note the orbs are dust, not paranormal activity.
The owner states that his previous second floor tenant had frequently seen a shadow
move along the wall between the small bedroom (her child's bed room) and the
bathroom. The woman had told Michael that he son who slept in the small
bedroom had often said he was talking to a dark figured person in the
Corner view inside the small/child's bedroom where
the bed had been. It was reported the child often
spoke to a dark figure in the corner across from the bed.
(Note: The bright flat object at the bottom-right of the photo is the top of
the DVR camera housing.)
She also reported hearing a "bouncing" sound like
a ball bouncing along the roof of the house. Unfortunately, the former
tenant of the second floor herself was not available for an onsite
LIPI also interviewed the current first floor
tenant Elizabeth Dunning. She confirmed hearing the bouncing ball sound. She
also reported feelings of extreme uneasiness and of being watched when she
would pass the through the side stair way from the house's side door to the
first floor apartment.
Side stairway to second floor apartment where first
floor tenant says she often
has the feeling of being watched.
She as well as Michael and the former tenant had
all stated also seeing a the figure of a white
apparition in the second floor
living room and on the steps leading from the front door to the upstairs.
Front door stairway to second floor apartment where a
white apparition is said to have been seen.
The Investigation Team: Five
members of Long Island Paranormal Investigators
took part in this investigation. This investigation was lead by LIPI lead
investigator Michael Cardinuto. Additional team members were investigators
Michael Bainbridge, Craig Sordyl, and Justin DiGangi.
The Equipment Setup: Long Island Paranormal
Investigators prepared for a lights out
investigation the first night at the residence.
Some of the paranormal detection equipment used
during this investigation.
We set up DVR
IR cameras in the small/child's bedroom,
the living room (on the book shelf looking North-to-East), at the bottom of the front door stair way (looking up the
stairs), and in the side door stairway.
DVR IR camera setup at bottom of front door stairway.
We also placed a Hi-8 (8mm) video camera on
night shot in the living room that
looked across the room North-to-West. This criss-cross viewing pattern would
prove important during our analysis of the investigation's collected adata.
Hi8 8mm digital video camera setup in living room.
The DVR IR camera is on a bookshelf on the far left (off screen) facing the
opposite side of the room.
We placed our
digital thermometers in the living
room and small bedroom, and suspended the probes from the ceiling to
constantly monitor the room temperature, checking for unusual changes.
Digital thermometer mounted in the living room. Note
temperature sensor probe hanging from the ceiling.
Throughout the night's investigation we used our
IR Thermometers to check for
cold spots in the various rooms. And we
placed a digital audio recorder in the
small bedroom for a continuous record during the investigation to collect
EVPs (additional digital and
analog recorders were carried by LIPI
during the investigation as well).
And we placed our
wireless motion sensor in the
basement of the house.
Wireless motion sensor mounted in the basement. Note:
orbs are dust, not paranormal activity.
Finally, the kitchen area was setup as the LIPI
command center for this investigation. This would be our location to monitor
the DVR cameras, coordinate investigation teams throughout the night, and
centralize our investigation equipment.
LIPI Investigator Justin DiGangi
(left) sets up the DVR system while
Lead Investigator Mike Cardinuto prepares the Hi8 video camera.
The Investigation: Long Island Paranormal Investigators performed
a 5 and a half hour investigation of this second floor apartment area of
this residence. Our group was divided into three investigation teams: One to
investigate the living room and larger bedroom area; One to investigate the
small bedroom area; And one to remain at the command center to monitor the
DVR system. Teams would rotate assigned areas during the night to give
everyone a chance to investigate each location. There would also be at least
two investigations of the basement. Teams remained in contact via
Motorola-class walkie-talkie radios.
LIPI investigator Craig
Sordyl checks for EMF
and radiation measurements in the small bedroom area
using the Electrosensor and
digital Geiger counter.
LIPI Lead investigator Mike Cardinuto checks
the hallway and stairs after an odd noise is heard. Nothing was found.
LIPI investigators swept all the rooms for anomalous EMF readings. Most
rooms were from zero to under 1.0 with a notable exception of the basement.
Investigators also swept all locations continuously with the IR thermometers
looking for cold spots (or hot spots) and recording the time and
temperatures of the living room and small bedroom from the mounted digital
thermometers. Throughout the investigation several LIPI investigators took
numerous photographs with both digital
cameras and 35mm cameras.
The DVR was continually monitored during the
LIPI investigators also performed two investigation sweeps
of the basement area. The high concentration of dust made photographs of the
area unreliable as dust orbs were everywhere.
LIPI investigates the basement. Notice all the
dust orbs and loose
Also, EMF readings were
impaired due to all the unshielded electric wires and the circuit breaker
boxes. The basement was, however, exceptionally quiet was did allow for
several attempts at EVP recording.
All the exposed wiring and double circuit
breaker panels made EMF readings impossible in the basement.
Finally, after over 5.5 hours of investigation it was
decided to conclude the investigation and get some rest to review the
collected video and audio the next day.
Findings: This investigation revealed the following evidence and
- On two separate occasions during the night the temperature
in the kitchen dropped noticeable. Several spots of cold air were felt in the
room. No drafts could be felt coming from the windows, vents or doors. IR
thermometers showed drops of almost 10 degrees in many areas but was
sporadic and seemed to be moving. Digital audio and photography taken during
these periods did not collect any additional evidence.
Lead investigator Michael Cardinuto looks
very tired after a full night of paranormal investigation.
- EMF readings in the apartment didn't change much from the baseline
- Digital photography showed only dust orbs. 35mm photos are still being
processed and are pending review.
- EVP Specialist Jaiem Fleischmann captured this 35mm photograph outside
the house on the first night of investigation:
He does not smoke nor was there any other source of smoke or vapor (it was
a dry night) in the area. The image is still being analyzed.
- Our DVR system did record an unusual white image that appeared to be
figure walking through the living room. However, after over an hour of
analysis and comparing the DVR recording to the Hi8 recording the "figure"
was debunked as being the light cast
from a flashlight one
investigator was handing over to another.
LIPI investigators Michael Bainbridge, Justin DiGangi
and Craig Sordyl review the DVR recording
as well as digital & analog audio recordings.
- Digital audio did, however, twice
capture the reported "bouncing ball" sound. One was recorded in the bathroom
and one in the basement. In both cases no one heard anything during the
investigation and the sound was only noticed upon reviewing the audio files.
- The second night at the house out digital audio recorders were left on in
the living room and small bed room but not EVPs were recorded.
EVPs Recorded at Site
(Note: May require headphones to properly hear and review)
EVP 2 (enhanced -
Date: January 2007
Description: First occurrence of the "bouncing ball" sound. Recorded in the
apartment bathroom. Background sound is running water from the sink
being used as a white noise
EVP 4 (enhanced -
Date: January 2007
Description: Second occurrence of the "bouncing ball" sound.
Recorded in the basement of the house. Note voice is that of EVP
Specialist Jaiem Fleischmann.
6 (enhanced -
Date: January 2007
Description: This EVP of the "bouncing ball" was recorded in
the small bedroom during the investigation.
8 (enhanced -
Date: January 2007
Description: This EVP was recorded in the small bedroom during
the investigation. We believe it's a voice saying "I want mommy".
Test of bouncing ball
(full recording - 43kb)
Date: January 2007
Description: This is a test example of a bouncing baseball. We
recorded this sound in the living room of the upstairs apartment. We
performed this example as a test to compare the sound of a known
bouncing heavy ball (a baseball is heavy) with the EVP sounds we had
collected during the investigation.
Interview with tenant
(full recording - 2.5mb)
Date: January 2007
Description: This is the interview with the ground floor tenant
Elizabeth Dunning as she describes her experiences in the house.
Conclusion: While the evidence from digital
audio seems to have confirmed the "bouncing ball" phenomena both the residence's owner and the
current tenant reported, this alone can not be held as conclusive proof of
a haunted location. LIPI is unable to confirm or debunk the
definite existence of paranormal activity at this location.
LIPI investigators present our collected
evidence to Michael Quinn the home owner.
We will remain in close
contact with the home owner and may schedule an additional investigation of
the house if further activity is reported.
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