Delaware Area Paranormal Society - Ghost Hunters

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Laurel House

     D.A.P.S. was asked to investigate a personal residence in Laurel, Delaware that was built in the late 1940's. This house is your typical 2 story cape style with basement, and demi-detached garage. 

 

     The current residents asked us to investigate strange noises and activity they have experienced. We were given a tour of the home, and told about the activity they have experienced there. The residents claimed experiencing hearing footsteps, knocking, and the physical movement of furniture.
    

       With this information, the D.A.P.S. team set up our equipment and paired off into teams of two. D.A.P.S. investigated the home for several hours using all available equipment and techniques.

 

      One of the most important things for a paranormal group to do is capture solid evidence of paranormal activity. Further, its just as important to capture evidence that backs up what the resident claims is happening at the location, and that will back up experiences had by the paranormal investigators during their investigation. Lastly, its also important to present rational explanations for those events that are found to not be paranormal. 

 

      We will cover Video evidence first, followed by EVP's, and Photos if any of the above were found. One note regarding Orbs. Many paranormal professionals dismiss Orbs outright. Far too many groups try to present paranormal Orb evidence that allegedly show Orbs, when in fact they are bugs or more likely dust. D.A.P.S. does not completely dismiss Orbs as a legitimate paranormal event, however, D.A.P.S. is very cautious about presenting what we believe may be legitimate Orbs unless there is compelling evidence as to the Orb being a legitimate paranormal event.

 

 Our findings are as follows.

 Video Evidence

 

       During the investigation, the D.A.P.S. team took nearly 20 hours of Digital IR Video footage and an additional 3 hours of Full Spectrum Camcorder footage trying to capture signs of paranormal activity. After carefully reviewing the footage, we only found one anomaly. This was a fluttering light captured in the East Bedroom. This is the room where the most activity was reported including the movement of furniture. Investigators looked in the basket under the little night stand and found a remote control. Obviously this light fluttering is the remote. The mystery is, the remote was sitting buttons up with nothing on top of it, so why was it activating? This is the only time this occurred.

           Audio Evidence

 

      Besides the video and digital photo evidence, the D.A.P.S. teams were able to perform a lot of EVP and audio Spirit Box sessions trying to make contact. On review of the evidence, we found a few interesting and unexplainable EVP's.


      Note: For the best listening experience of Spirit Box clips, use headphones and adjust the volume to medium/low on your PC. For the EVP Clips, turn your volume up. 



    The D.A.P.S. teams were told of several different names to use during the investigation. Shari, the deceased wife of one of the residents, Bob the original builder of the home, and Elizabeth or Lizzy, the wife of the builder of the house who passed away in the down stairs bathroom. We were also told of hearing Morning! being said in the Living Room. D.A.P.S. had several digital recorders placed through out the home during the investigation attempting to capture something to back up these claims.

 

         This EVP was captured during the investigation with the digital recorder that was in the old Master Bedroom. This happened when the room was unoccupied. This is a clear recording. What you will hear are footsteps in the hallway. The second file down is volume enhanced.

 

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This Spirit Box response was captured during the investigation with the digital recorder that was in the Old Master Bedroom. This happened during a Spirit Box Session with Kim. This is a clear Spirit Box recording. What you will hear is a very clear "Morning"!. The home owner reported this same word being said in the room below.

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     This Spirit Box response was captured during the investigation with the digital recorder that was in the Old Master Bedroom. This happened during a Spirit Box Session with Kim and David. This is a clear response to Kim who is asking for their name. The name "Chris" is given.

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     This Spirit Box response was also captured during the investigation with the digital recorder that was in the Old Master Bedroom. This happened during a Spirit Box Session with Kim and David. What you will hear is a very clear response to Kim who is asking for verification of the name "Chris" given a minute before. This is another "Chris" in response.

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     This Spirit Box response was captured during the investigation with the digital recorder that was in the Old Master Bedroom. This happened during a Spirit Box Session with Kim again. This is a clear EVP. What you will hear is another name, "Lizzy".
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     This EVP was captured during the investigation with the digital recorder that was in the old Master Bedroom. This happened when the room was unoccupied. This is a clear recording. What you will hear is a distinct knocking.
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     This EVP was captured during the investigation with the digital recorder that was in the East Bedroom where most of the activity was reported. This happened during a Spirit Box session with Kim and David. This is another clear EVP recording. What you will hear is a very clear "Lizzy" in response to Kim's question as to who keep undoing the bed.
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    This EVP was captured during the investigation with the digital recorder that was in the East Bedroom where most of the activity was reported. This happened during a Spirit Box session with Kim and David. This is another clear EVP recording. What you will hear is a very clear "Lizzy" a second time in response to Kim's request for them to state their name again.
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     This EVP was captured during the investigation with the digital recorder that was in the East Bedroom where most of the activity was reported. This happened when the room was unoccupied. It sounds like an ordinary thump at first, but in the next section we provide evidence as to what was really happening.

 

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 Photographic Evidence

 

       True paranormal activity on any equipment is much sought after by paranormal investigators. This however is extremely difficult to obtain for various reasons. On occasion, paranormal investigators get what they are seeking. You never know what your going to capture until you review the evidence. You also never know what piece of equipment will be the one that captures the undeniable evidence you are looking for. D.A.P.S. is constantly updating and adding to its equipment roster.


 

      This investigation had us quite excited from the beginning. We were contacted by the resident and told of furniture being moved in the East Bedroom. Often they would find the bed undone, and occasionally some small piece of furniture had been moved. One day they checked after hearing noises up in the East Bedroom, and found the bed undone, the bed moved across the floor, and the recliner flipped over onto the bed. The resident took a hurried photo using their cell phone of the scene. This can be seen below.

 

     

     That was a compelling photo. We were hoping to capture something moving during the investigation. Nothing unfortunately appeared on any of the video footage, but when the audio recorder was picked up in this room after the investigation had ended, the investigator noticed that that small slothes rack where he had set the recorder and had ensured that the rack was up against the wall, had been moved. We reviewed a lot of photos and video footage attempting to find proof that, one, the clothes rack was up against the wall, and two, the rack had moved sometime during the investigation. It did. In the series of photos shown below, we show the recorder placed on the clothes rack and the rack up against the wall. We show two additional shots from different angles clearly showing the clothes rack up against the wall. Then a final shot, not a perfect shot, but good enough to show that the clothes rack had moved.


 
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     The last two photos shown above were taken from the exact same position on the recliner, and were targeting the small night stand next to the bed. One was taken with the Canon digital camera, and the other with the Full Spectrum camcorder. The Full Spectrum was zoomed in a little making the range difference in the image. If you look at the door in the Canon shot the clothes rack is way to the left, and you can see almost the whole door. Then compare that with the camcorder shot, and the clothes rack is obviously out at the end closest to the camera, and you can hardly see the door. For that clothes rack to be moved out on that end, someone would have had to get behind the recliner and bump it out, or walk up to it and pull it outward. This eliminates the possibility of someone walking into it, evidence of which was not captured on the IR video camera right there in the door, or on the audio recorder on the rack itself. In fact the room was unoccupied when the clothes rack moved as evidence by the last EVP clip above from the East Bedroom. We believe that the thump recorded is the clothes rack moving.
 

 Personal Experiences
 
 
 
     D.A.P.S. team members usually have some personal experiences during an investigation. Personal experiences are paranormal events that take place that affected the investigators during their investigation, but were not captured by the equipment. We will list them here as they belong with the evidence we did capture.
 
     Team members did not have any reportable personal experiences during this investigation.
 


Explanation Of Events
 
 
      The resident's had reported footsteps in the upstairs, particularly in the hallway. We believe we captured one incident of this happening. We were also told of voices being heard, we did not capture any raw voices on any of the digital recorders either when the area was unoccupied or during EVP sessions. We did capture valid responses to questions pertaining to the activity reported there while using the Spirit Box. We were also told of objects being moved in the East Bedroom and we have captured evidence to back up that claim.

 Evidence Not Found
 
 
     Every experience that is reported by the resident or owner is usually not captured during an investigation. We can only hope to capture supporting evidence on at least some, but there are never any guarantees. We did not capture voices in the Living Room, or any other area of the house. We also did not capture any apparitions or mists that would be evidence of spirits moving about. This does not mean that these events did not, or are not occurring, we just were not fortunate enough to capture evidence supporting what was reported.
 

Conclusion
 
 
      In conclusion, after reviewing all of the photos, video, and audio captured, and in consideration of the paranormal evidence that was found at the location, D.A.P.S. believes that there is paranormal activity happening at the residence. This seems to be concentrated in the upper hallway, Master Bedroom, and East Bedroom as reported. The Spirit Box responses, the compelling photo of object movement, indicates to us that the haunting events reported are not residual, but most likely intelligent in nature.

     The absence of any high level physical interactions indicates to us that the haunting events reported are not demonic or evil in nature. Nothing in the evidence supports that, or any of the commonly accepted scenarios. We believe that there may be as many as three spirits in the house.


     The spirit of Elizabeth (Lizzy), the spirit of Chris, and possibly the spirit of Shari. The resident's have nothing to fear as the entities we believe are there are not harming anyone. We suggest that the resident sit in the rooms, and tell whom ever is there, that they are not able to stay there, and must cross over, or leave, that they are not supposed to be there. They might also want to perform a cleansing with Sage to help remove any lingering spirit energy.

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