This gives you a good idea of how a paranormal investigation is conducted, and what can happen…
By Paul Dale Roberts, General Manager/Ghostwriter
Nancy Bradley – Celebrity Psychic of Ghost Girls www.ghostgirls.net and Robert Reppert of Gold Rush Ghosts www.goldrushghosts.com receive a phone call from Amy Lynn and Vincent Scotto. A frantic Amy explains to Nancy that her home is haunted.
Nancy explains to me what the situation is and asks if I would take on the assignment. I agree. I immediately started looking through my dossier of possible paranormal investigators for this case. Amy wants her story told. I decided to bring along the following: Chantal Apodaca, Lia La Bella, Tony Gold and Leatherface. Tony Gold and Leatherface would be able to document any paranormal events for their production company – Off-the-Hook TV.
Tagging along with us would be the media from Stockton, representing the Stockton Record: Christine & Paul J. Taylor. The road to Arnold is a long road. There is a certain part of the road, I call the roller coaster ride road. The road goes up and then it goes down, up and down…well, you get the picture. We past by Murphys and I glance at the very haunted Murphy’s Hotel, a place I once visited, but never investigated. Murphy’s Hotel first opened in 1856. It is 83 miles southeast of Sacramento. It has hosted notable guests including Mark Twain, John Jacob Astor, and President Ulysses S. Grant. Manager Roxana McClelland says that ghosts are really active and plenty of strange happenings such as “lights on in rooms and signs that someone has been on a bed, even though no one has rented the room and the door was locked.”
I was tempted to take my crew into Murphy’s Hotel, but decided it was getting late and we needed to get to Arnold, where Amy Lynn Scotto (occupant) would be waiting for us at a Chevron Station at Arnold. Amy was patiently waiting for us and lead us to her gorgeous two-story home in Arnold. We met her husband Vincent and her two playful black Labradors.
On this night, Christine, Leatherface and I would conduct our interview with Amy by pen and notepad, recorder and video recorder. After the interview, teams would be split up to investigate the 2nd floor bedrooms and basement where there was the most activity. Later, lights would be turned off and a second round of investigations would commence. After the 2nd investigation sweep, then we would perform a seance in the most haunted bedroom on the 2nd floor.
Interviewing Amy, we discovered:
They lived in this home for 3.5 years.
In the first 2 or 3 months living in this home, they started to witness activity.
Amy once went into the back room and felt hands on her back.
Amy feels she is a sensitive and has identified 3 entities. Timothy – a 7-year old, an entity that followed Amy to this new home from the place she once lived. The second entity is the ex-girlfriend of Vincent that followed Vincent to this new home. The third entity has always been here. The entity is a black shadow, only the head and torso can be seen and it appears to be a male. Amy feels the third entity is a negative entity.
Amy discovered she was a sensitive at the age of 8 years old.
Amy brought objects from her other home to this new home and feels Timothy followed her to this home, because he was attached to the objects she had brought over.
Amy said at the other home, there was paranormal activity. The stove would come on, on its own. The thermostat would turn on, on its own.
While at this home, one of the strangest incidents is that her friend was sleeping on the bed in the most haunted bedroom n the second floor and was pushed off the bed by Timothy.
Her home is located near a powerline, a good conduit for energy consumption, if there are entities in her home.
People in her home, have felt hands on their backs.
People have felt cold chills in her home.
The thermostat will change temperatures on its own.
Moving shadows have been seen on the second floor steps.
Diane the entity has actually talked to Amy and told her to calm down during stressful times and will comfort her.
Diane will pat Amy on the back during the comforting stage.
Footsteps have been on heard on the second floor and their cat will stare at areas of the house where there is nothing there.
With my interview with Vincent, he has only witnessed the thermostat changing temperatures and had a professional electrician look at the wiring and there was nothing wrong with the wiring of the home.
Note: I will not try to identify each investigator to what they saw, I will keep the identity of the investigators generic, because it would be too hard to try and identify what investigator experienced what. Even though their were many experiences, the investigation is inconclusive and hard evidence that this home is haunted is elusive. Further studies of this house is warranted.
During our investigation of this home, the following incidents occurred:
The rocking chair on the second floor rocked on its own for a period of 30 seconds and then stopped, this was witnessed by one investigator and one occupant. This occurred during the time that Leatherface was filming upstairs and the rocking chair area became distorted. Leatherface’s video went off during the rocking of the chair, no evidence is obtained of this event.
One investigator felt a sharp coldness on her hand as she investigated the basement.
Strange movements were heard in the attic. When looking in the attic, no signs of an animal could be found. The roof is unobtainable to wildlife. The attic was exceptionally clean. Note: These strange movements were also heard during the initial investigation by 4 investigators.
We asked the entities if they could tap on the wall – everyone in the seance heard a minor one tap on the wall. The taps occurred perhaps 14 times. To indicate intelligence, we asked for 2 taps. Two investigators claim to have heard 2 slight taps on the wall, while other investigators did not hear it.
Two investigators claimed to have seen a multicolored orb cross the wall with their own eyes, while other investigators did not see it.
Two investigators claimed to have heard footsteps in the hallway, while others did not hear it.
Two investigators heard a muffled sound of either a woman or child, while others did not hear it.
Walkie talkes were set up in the seance and no transmissions took place.
Paul conducted a hedge of protection prayer on the two seances that were conducted this evening. Two lighted candles were placed in the seance circle.
Closing prayer was performed.
Facilitators for the seance were conducted by Chantal, Lia and Amy.
Investigation & Seance Final Results to this date: Inconclusive. Pending are any EVP results.
Equipment used: Two video cameras, 4 digital cameras, 3 digital recorders, 1 temperature gauge.
Paul Dale Roberts, Lead Investigator’s Final Comments:
I believe there could be activity at this home, but plausible explanations need to be looked at further, such as wildlife activity near the home. Raccoons, opossums, deer were seen outside of the home. Since the investigation lasted throughout the night, fatigue may have set in for most of the investigators, causing sensations and visual sightings to occur that could have been misinterpreted. EVPs are still pending from this investigation. Digital photographs display unusual orb activity and in one case a strange shadow configuration near a curtain. Orb photographs cannot be deemed paranormal, unless some type of intelligent response by orb(s) can be obtained. I would say this is a House of Mystery, because there was activity that was seen or felt, that people could perceive as ‘paranormal’. As I left this family and their home, I could only wonder at the activity I had witnessed. What was real and what was not real? Like I said, this is a House of Mystery. The Ghost Girls – Nancy Bradley and Shannon McCabe are waiting for the final EVP results of this investigation.
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Paul Dale Roberts, HPI General Manager, Paranormal Investigator & Ghostwriter
Haunted and Paranormal Investigations International