Prolog: On December 9, 2007 Long Island Paranormal
Investigators was invited to investigate the New York City EMS (Emergency
Medical Service) academy building located inside Fort Totten, Bayside Queens.
LIPI is the first paranormal group to be granted access
to the EMS
academy and the grounds of Fort Totten!
Please note that due to heightened security we were not
permitted to photograph the outside of the building nor the surrounding
Fort Totten is the official headquarters of the U.S army Reserves 77th division
and the Statue of Liberty Division. Construction began on Fort Totten in 1862 after the land was purchased by the
United States government in 1857 from the Willets family. In 1898 the fort itself was named for Brigadier General
Joseph Gilbert Totten.
Brigadier General Joseph Gilbert Totten (1788-1864).
The original use of Fort Totten was to
protect the East River approach to New York City. Much of the property is now a park and still houses
facilities of the U.S. Coast Guard, National Guard, U.S. Army and the
NYC Fire Department Training Academy.
EMS Academy building welcome banner.
Long Island Paranormal Investigators was honored with
this full page recognition of our investigation
in the December 2007 edition of the FDNY Uniformed EMT's, Paramedics & Fire
Reported Paranormal Claims:
There were many reports of this location being haunted,
particular building 325:
have been seen in the hallways.
The voice of a non-English speaking person has been heard
around the museum area.
A woman's voice in the Womens' bathroom when no one
else is around.
Multiple experiences of hearing people talking in classrooms,
when the classrooms are checked no one is there.
apparition as been reported seen in
the basement walking along the hallway.
Footsteps heard all throughout the location, especially
on the 3rd floor stairwell.
Voices are heard in the third floor when classes are
The second floor auditorium doors are said to swing open
on their own.
The Investigation Team: Six
members of Long Island Paranormal Investigators
took part in this investigation. This investigation was lead by LIPI lead
investigators Michael Cardinuto and Rob Levine Additional team members were investigators
Peter Ferraro, Craig Sordyl, Michael Bainbridge, and Paul Guarino.
The Equipment Setup: Long Island Paranormal
Investigators performed for a lights out
investigation at the academy. DVR cameras where setup in the
basement hallway, 3rd floor stairwell looking down to the second floor, 2nd
floor auditorium, and the 3rd floor classroom..
Our Hi8 video cameras were setup in the
basement cafeteria. During the investigation we also used our
digital audio records,
35mm cameras, as well as our
thermometers and EMF
cameras setup for this investigation.
LIPI began the investigation around 11:15pm. It
started out as a quiet night. But things changed soon.
Investigator Paul Guarino
in the 1st floor woman's bathroom (no women present of course).
Woman's locker room on the 1st floor.
Another shot of the woman's bathroom.
Lead investigator Mike Cardinuto takes photos and
performs EVP sessions in the class room.
When we were there doing our investigation while we
were on the tour on the 2nd floor we were walking through the
hallway and on the way back one of our investigators Michael Bainbridge heard
the auditorium doors open. When he turned around he saw one of the doors
swinging, as though someone (or something) just opened it.
Auditorium doors on the second floor. These are said
to swing open on their own!
Hallway outside the second floor auditorium.
Investigator Paul Guarino
puts out his arm and asks for someone/something to touch him.
At approximately 1:30am the group decided to take a coffee break. Long Island Paranormal Investigators were all
relaxing in HQ, when
Mike Cardinuto heard a tapping sound from the 2nd floor. He asked Rob Levine and asked if he had heard it
too and did. So the team sat there quietly waiting to see if they
could here it again. About 30 seconds later Mike and Rob heard what sounded
like a conversation going on between two woman. They grabbed an audio
recorder and some other equipment and went up to the 2nd floor. When
they got there they started an EVP session. (When analyzing the evidence we
found no EVPs) While doing the EVP session they heard what sounded like a conversation down the
hallway in the end room. The group started to slowly go towards the room the
try and trap what ever was speaking so we could get it on camera.
Unfortunately when the investigators got to the room the conversation stopped and there was nothing there.
They also did another EVP session in that room to see if we could pick up
anything. (When analyzing the evidence we found no EVPs)
Investigator Mike Bainbridge checking for EMF with
the K2 meter and Zap Checker.
After that incident Long Island Paranormal
Investigators decided to investigate a little more on the 2nd floor to see if we could
find anything else but nothing turned up. So we went back to HQ
Later during the investigation Mike Cardinuto and Craig Sordyl
went down to the basement to change the Hi-8 tape in the camcorder. After changing
the tape, as Mike started to walk back to the doorway and he felt a little
disoriented and almost lost his balance. It felt like an equilibrium shift.
While standing at the doorway Craig started to feel nauseous too. They
decided to do a quick EVP session.
Craig Sordyl performs an EVP session in the basement
Basement cafeteria room.
Note the digital thermometer mounted on the column to the right.
Craig takes video in the basement cafeteria room.
Later on during the night investigator Paul Guarino decided to take a
walkie talkie and an audio recorder down to the basement by himself, where a supposed
apparition was spotted. He sat there quietly by himself. His
audio recorder was on the entire time. As he sat there he started to he
male voices, so he began to do an EVP session. He sat by himself for
about 15-20 minutes.
Craig (left) and Paul perform more EVP session in the
on during the night a second group of investigators was sent down to the basement. Peter Ferraro
had claimed that he had felt a presence there. So the team members started
to check there equipment to see if there was any unusual readings, and they
also did an EVP session.
After the team got back to the office we
started to analyze all of the evidence that we had gathered that night
through 35mm cameras, digital cameras, Hi-8 video camera, DVR system, Audio
cassette recorder, digital audio recorder, and all of the other equipment
used during the investigation.
- In spite of all the sounds and voices we heard on
the investigation we only recorded a few Class C EVPs.
- Nothing appeared on
any of the video camera and photographs.
- A few LIPI team members had some personal
experiences as noted above.
EVPs Recorded at Site
(Note: May require headphones to properly hear and review)
EVP 1 (41kb)
Date: December 2007
Description: This EVP was recorded in the basement hallway. A
voice is clearly heard but what is being said is uncertain.
EVP 2 (93kb)
Date: December 2007
Description: This EVP was recorded in the auditorium. The first
sound (a squeak) is the sound of the auditorium doors opening. The
next voice is LIPI Investigator Michael Bainbridge, followed by the
EVP, then the voice of LIPI empathic specialist Peter Ferraro.
Long Island Paranormal Investigators believes there may be some activity here.
The nature of the activity can not be determined however at this time. Follow up investigations are being planned
to determine the extent of the activity and if the location can be declared
haunted. The findings will be posted here.
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