Investigator for Houston Paranormal Research Team
Contributor to Normal Paranormal
Has your group happened upon the perfect haunted house? Your meters all pegged and beautiful, incontestable EVPs and photos of full-body apparitions or sentient seeming orbs? Yeah, ours hasn’t either. You know, we’ve got bits and pieces of evidence like most groups do. Some crazy infrared video and personal experiences. EMF readings to correlate and everything. It isn’t every case, and I haven’t had anything I’d go to the press with since I started. But sometimes, you just know a place is haunted, right?
We had an opportunity a few months ago to investigate a haunted house. I don’t have any problem calling it a haunted house, because it had every reason to be.
It was built in the nineteenth century by a wealthy Texas family. They endured hardships over the course of their residence.
There were murders and a kidnapping. At one point, the heir to the family fortune was stolen by natives and held for ransom for months. When he was finally released, he led a posse back to his captors and they were beheaded.
A child accidentally hanged himself on a rope swing in the tree in the front yard.
The current owner of the house is an archaeologist, so he took his research very seriously and had documents for all of it.
The original owners had a history filled with trauma, lies, infidelity, murder and anything else you could possibly want in a location you’d investigate.
To top it off, for you “logical explanation” types (and I count myself among you), the house was build on top of a mineral water spring with running water underneath containing (among other things) lithium.
The numerous reports of shadow people, moving objects, disembodied voices, vivid local lore about the location and the mazelike construction of the place itself fairly screamed haunted. So we went, and we went loaded for ethereal bear.
Any investigation is serious, but not every investigation has us call in the reserves, plant half a dozen digital voice recorders in addition to splitting into teams, taking video and stills, and spending the night huddled in the kitchen next to the only heat in the place.
Everyone had on their game face and took the facts presented and tried to make the evidence match.
You know what we got? Nothing.
Look, this place had every reason to be haunted and our equipment certified it as a daycare. We were out gas and time and effort, none of which we charge for. To be honest, we’ve never issued an invoice.
The paranormal experiences I’m most certain about are the ones I wasn’t expecting. No camera, no meter, no recorder.
And I’m sure I’m not alone. If this weren’t universal, YouTube would have some more convincing video.
You never know what you’re going to catch or see, no matter who has witnessed what. It was worth the trip, anyway.
We got to send some new investigators into some seriously creepy places. We got to hear a what a bobcat sounds like when you get too close to her cactus patch (that’s an unpleasant sound). We got to dust off sleeping bags and camp as well as anyone can near a gas stove.
We gathered no evidence at all, but it made us a better group. And, haunted or not, that house was creepy.
Plus, we could buy bottled lithium water at the grocery on our way out of town.
Five Stars – would investigate again.