Private Residence - Milwaukee, WI

Investigation Report Private Residence Milwaukee, WI

Dave Schumacher

June 3rd, 2006 6:00pm to 11:00pm

Introduction and Background

_________, who was having subjective paranormal experiences, contacted the Southern Wisconsin Paranormal Research Group (S.W.P.R.G.). He has been renting an upper flat in Milwaukee, WI for the last 1-½ years. He is 33 years old and reports no prior paranormal experiences. , the renter of the lower flat for the last 5 years, is 42 years old and also reports having subjective paranormal experiences. She indicates that she has had past paranormal experiences.

The following quotes were taken directly from the responses to our initial set of questions that both and answered:

“I moved into this house in September 2004. Shortly after I moved in, I noticed some strange things, such as black “spots” floating by, flashing lights, etc. I know some of the electrical issues are probably related to the wiring of the house, because it’s an old house. I also started feeling weird things – like I was being watched. Eventually, we tried to “communicate” with whatever presence was there. They knocked a lit candle off of one of my speakers when we asked for a sign that something was there. We tried to duplicate it by “blasting” music, but were unable to do so. Around that time, I started feeling like I was being “strangled” in my bed or choked. This only occurred at home – not when I stayed somewhere else. And, it only occurred in my bedroom. Last January, we had a paranormal investigation/cleansing. After this, things seemed to quiet down a little bit. Some of the black spots/shadows continued, but nothing seemed as negative energetically. However, over the past month or two, things have become much more negative again, including the “attacks” in bed. These again do not occur when I sleep elsewhere. There has been an increase of strange noises as well.”

“Very often, we will see “flecks” floating around – sometimes white, sometimes black. Also, we hear strange noises – walking above our heads, down the hall, etc. Once, when we tried communicating with whatever it is, we asked for a sign, and a lit candle was thrown off of a speaker in the living room, when we were just entering the upstairs. Sometimes it’s just a “feeling” that something is watching us. The room sometimes gets cold, when we feel this. We’ve also heard whispering as well.”

“The candle seemingly took flight, kind of liking it was pushed really hard or thrown. It was lit and flew several feet, landing on the carpet.”

“Yes, I moved into this house a year and a half ago, so that was a big change. I also started a relationship about 2 years ago. The disturbances started shortly after I moved in and were at there worst about 6 months after I moved in. Over the past 3 months or so, they have gradually been “cycling” up to be bad again, however over this period of time there haven’t really been any major changes.”

“The house is a two flat. _________lives in the upper and__________ lives in the lower. Most of the occurrences have occurred in the upper, however, some have occurred in the lower. In the first “round” of occurrences, most of it occurred in a small room just off of the living room (in the upper) as well as in the back bedroom (in the upper). In the lower, occurrences were in the back bedroom (TV room) as well as the living room area. This time, things are mostly in the back bedroom (upper) and dining room (upper). In the lower, occurrences are in the back bedroom, pantry area, and hallway between back bedroom and kitchen.”

_________also report the following phenomena: various noises, flickering lights, spots flying by, shadows, weird feelings, footsteps, and the appearance of a figure all in black. also reports having frequent nightly ‘attacks’ in which he has the feeling of being choked.

Methods

The following investigators participated in the investigation: Dave Schumacher, Walt Baker, Tara Davig-Razo, and Cindy Heinen

The following equipment was used on the investigation:

  • 8 infrared cameras
  • Lorex L124A-81 4 channel DVR with 80GB hard drive
  • Fuji finepix S7000 digital camera
  • Advantage digital camera
  • Cannon EOS Rebel with 800 speed Kodak film
  • Cannon GG Power Shot digital
  • Radio Shack DR-85 digital recorder
  • Radio Shack CTR-122 cassette recorder
  • Sony digital 8 steady shot DC R TRV330
  • Radio Shack electric condenser microphones (omni directional) 33-3014
  • Radio Shack boundary condenser microphone (omni directional) 33-3022 (x2)
  • Panasonic RR-QR80 IC Recorder
  • Panasonic RR-160 IC Recorder
  • Radio Shack Electret Condenser Microphone (omnidirectional)
  • Non-contact IR thermal probe scanner
  • Taylor Temperature
  • Uniden 246T Radio Scanner
  • Apple Power Book G4 Laptop
  • Hobo Data Logger U/2 Model
  • Tri-field natural EMF meter (x2)
  • Tri-field meter (x2)
  • Temperature gauge (x2)
  • EMF gauss meter (x2)
  • Radio frequency counter
  • Hall Effect Gauss meter from Integrity Design and Research Corporation (IDR-309). A bare probe was used with the gauss meter. The bandwidth of the bare probe is 68Hz at 3dB.
  • Sper Scientific Electromagnetic Field Test 840025 EMF meter. Bandwidth is 30 to 400Hz with 4% accuracy at 50Hz/60Hz. Data is displayed as mG.
  • Air ion Counter. Positive and negative ion counts are displayed as ions/cm3.
  • Sony Digital Handycam DCR-TRV19 NTSC with night shot.
  • All sound data was digitized and processed using Acid Music 4.0 and Audio Cleaning Lab 3.0. Potential EVPs were analyzed using Goldwave and Raven software.
  • Go!Motion Vernier ultrasound motion detector with supplied Logger Lite v1.3 software.

Direct Environmental Acquisition Data logging system (D.E.A.D.)

  • Triaxial ELF magnetic field meter with pc interface. The meter has a bandwidth of 30Hz to 2000Hz and an accuracy of +/-3% at 50Hz/60Hz and +/-5% at 40 to 200Hz. Data was logged using the supplied software.
  • HOBO Temperature data logger from Onset Computer Corporation with data logging and archiving ability. Software provided by Onset Computer Corporation was used for data logging and archiving.
  • GM-10 radiation detector from Black Cat Systems with pc interface. The Radiation Acquisition and Display (RAD) Software was used to log and archive the data. Radiation detected includes alpha, beta, and gamma/x-ray. Data is displayed as counts per minute (cpm).
  • Panasonic Toughbook CF-45 laptop computer.
  • Tri-field natural EMF meter modified to be data logged by the HOBO data logger.
  • Fluxgate Magnetometer Model 539 with APS software. Set to collect approximately 400 samples per second. Data was analyzed using SigView.
All equipment was calibrated and tested prior to use according to manufacture specifications.


We decided to set up the equipment on both floors in the locations where the majority of activity was reported (upper flat: living/dining room area, hallway, and back bedroom; lower flat: hallway, bedroom, back bedroom, and living/dining room area). Surveillance cameras (IR DVR and DV cameras) and D.E.A.D. system were placed throughout the before mentioned areas. Ion counts, gauss meter readings, and radio frequency analysis was done. Various data sweeps were done throughout the location. Investigator personal experiences were recorded. EVP sessions were conducted in both flats.

Results and Discussion

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Video
Nothing of note was seen in any of the video footage.

Pictures with Associated D.E.A.D. system data
One interesting picture was taken during the course of the investigation.

  • At approximately 7:50pm, Cindy Heinen reported feeling a cold ‘draft/breeze’ around her neck/should/arm area.
  • Tara Davig-Razo took a time series of photos when Cindy reported her experience.
  • The photo at 7:50pm shows a dark mass/shadow/blob over Cindy’s head.
  • The radiation also drops to 0 cpm.
  • There was a drop in Y-axis EMF and an increase in the Z-axis EMF.
  • Another photo taken a few seconds later shows nothing.
  • Another photo taken at 7:53pm also shows nothing.

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There was no decrease in temperature recorded during this time period.

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Ions
Ion counts ranged between 400 to 700 negative and positive ions/cm3. This is within the normal expected range.

Gauss meter (GMF)
Gauss meter readings of 500 to 700mG were recorded throughout various locations in the building. This is within the normal expected range.

EMF
Baseline EMFs were 0.4 to 2.4mG.

Temperature Scans
There was nothing to note for the ambient temperature readings taken at any of the locations.

EVP
File code: S=session, QO=Quiet Observation, Dbl=decibels amplified, dn=denoiser used

Session 1 8:54PM Upstairs living room

Complete crew plus Conditions: Some car and voice noise from outside. Outside church bells sounded at one point in session. We did close windows early in session but faint noise from outside still came through. Results: At one point in the session several people heard what sounded like a voice responding to a question. File: 01 S1 Audible sound Time: 8:55:52 Comments: Hard to prove this was paranormal especially with all the outside noise at this time. It was clearer then any other outside noises.

Session 2 9:09PM Upstairs porch entryway Complete crew plus Conditions: Same as session 1 Results: Possible whisper, very weak File: 02 S2 Whisper, 03 S2 Whisper segment 13 Dbl Time: 9:09:10 -13 Interpretation: ?

Quiet Observation 1 9:34 Upstairs bedroom Cindy, Walt, Conditions: There was an open window that did bring in some faint voices from the back yard area. Results

File: 04 QO Whisper, 05 QO Whisper segment 10 Dbl dn Time: 9:34:44 Classification: Class C Whisper Interpretation: I got it Comment: This occurred after I pulled out the night light and and I were commenting how bright the night light was.
File: 06 QO1 Whisper 2, 07 QO1 Whisper 2 10 Dbl dn Time: 9:38:58 -59 Classification: Class B whisper Interpretation: "Picture....Ha ha ha ha.....cute" Comments: At this time I was taking pictures of the headboard because said he saw a light there.
and I were talking.

Quiet Observation 2 9:50PM Upstairs porch entryway Cindy, Walt, Conditions: Similar to Session 1 & 2 but less frequent outside voice noise. Results: None

Session 3 10:01PM Downstairs bedroom Complete crew plus Conditions: Outside voice noise, sirens at one point in session. Windows were closed early in session. Results: These are audio samples of two of the times we heard audible responses to questions being asked. The sounds that we heard did not pick up on the recorders. Listening carefully you might be able to make out some sort of sound surge within the background noise but there is no distinct sound in either file. It was an interesting experience, since the sounds seemed to come after questions were asked, but sounds did not follow all questions. There seemed to be an active time for these responses that lasted from approximately 10:06 until 10:12PM. File: 08 S3 Segment of audible sound 1 Time: Between 10:02:08 and 10:02:28 Comments: This was recorded when we asked if someone had interacted with Tara. There is a slight sound in

the time that follows the question but nothing distinctive.

File: 09 S3 Segment of audible sound 2 Time: Between 10:09:01 and 10:09:06 Comments: This was recorded 8 minutes into the session. During the time that follows the question, "Is there a man here tonight that would like to speak to us?", you can hear a siren but several people felt they heard a "Yeah" response also.

File: 10 S3 Interjected voice, 11 S3 Interjected voice Segment 10 Dbl Time: 10:12 Classification: Class B voice Interpretation: "Yes Sir" Comments: Dave and Cindy are talking about the sounds we had just experienced. This voice was interjected into their conversation. Explanation: At the same time on a different recorder a similar cadence is picked up but it lacks the lyric quality of a voice. Could this suspected EVP just be a distortion of the recorder. Many EVP researchers claim it is unusual to get the same EVP on two recorders. This hypothesis is based on individuals experience and not on a study of this phenomena.

D.E.A.D. System
The majority of interesting data was that which happened during the time Cindy Heinen reported her experience (see the Pictures section above).

The EMF in the dining room area was found to have a high level of variability.

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Fluxgate Magnetometer

FFT analysis of the fluxgate magnetometer data shows a 60Hz signal.

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The following graphs show the time based FFT analysis from various locations.

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It is evident from the above graphs that there is considerable amplitude variability in the 60Hz field over a given time course. EMF amplitude and frequency changes have been noted in other investigations of ‘haunted’ locations (Braithwaite and Townsend, 2005). Research has implicated that low frequencies are important for triggering neurophysiological shifts and invoking experiences in individuals (Bell et al., 1992; Bell et al., 1994; Randall and Randall, 1991; Persinger and Koren). Naturally produced geomagnetic fields have also been implicated in reports of anomalous activity (Persinger et al., 1973; Persinger and Koren, 2001; Roll and Persinger, 2001). In addition, magnetic field variability in the 11 to 15nT range has been detected in locations where people have reported paranormal activity (Wiseman et al., 2002; Wiseman et al., 2003). Even though the pulses are created from the 60Hz field, it could be detected by the brain as a change in the static field (Braithwaite and Townsend, 2005). AC fields are not complex magnetic fields, but they can be complex in the fact that they vary in time and amplitude.

These Experience Inducing Fields (EIFs; Braithwaite, 2004) have been found at other reportedly haunted locations and may be the cause of anomalous perceptions from ambiguous sensations to hallucinations (Persinger and Koren, 2001; Persinger et. al., 2001; Persinger and Richards, 1994; Persinger et. al., 1997; Roll and Persinger, 2001). This affect is even more probable in individuals who have an increased neuronal hypersensitivity and susceptibility to these fields (Cook and Persinger, 2001; Makarec and Persinger, 1987; Persinger, 1983, 1984, 1988, 1993a, 1993b; Persinger and Makarec, 1993; Persinger and Koren, 2001; Persinger and Roll, 1985). This is known as temporal lobe lability and can be assessed using the Temporal Lobe Signs (TLS) inventory.

Patients with electrically active foci in their temporal lobes experience things such as: déjà vu, visual hallucinations, sense of presence, mystical/paranormal experiences, unusual smells, anomalous voices or sounds, and anxiety (Bear and Fedio, 1977; Geschwind, 1983; Gllor et. al., 1982; Goldensohn, 1983; Horowitz and Adams, 1970). Therefore, it seems reasonable that the greater number of temporal lobe symptoms a person experiences, the stronger their behavior and personality should resemble that of a person with an electrically active focus within the temporal lobes (Persinger and Makarec, 1987).

Based on this information and the fact there are potential EIFs in the location, we decided to have ______________ answer the Temporal Lobe Signs question set (Makarec, 1990). There are 30 questions and the number of ‘yes’ responses are tallied. Both individuals scored relatively low (_____ =5 and______ =4). Higher scores are generally more characteristic of the above-mentioned effect.

While we cannot rule out the possibility of paranormal phenomena, we must exclude all natural possibilities before its’ consideration. Specifically, the potential natural explanations for the night ‘attack’ episodes and the floating white and black ‘flecks’ will be discussed.

______________states, “Around that time, I started feeling like I was being ‘strangled’ in my bed and choked.” This could (and not definitely) be a description of sleep paralysis (SP) with associated hypnogogic and hypnopompic hallucinations (aka: “Old Hag”). Other SP symptoms include:

  1. Non-entity/non-human sounds (cracking, snapping, buzzing, ringing);
  2. Human/entity like voices whispering, shouting, or saying words and phrases;
  3. Music;
  4. Visual perception of luminous blobs and other beings in the bedroom (Conesa-Sevilla, 2004).


There is also limited research showing a correlation between SP and geomagnetic activity (Conesa, 1995, 1997; Conesa-Sevilla, 2004).

___________ states, “Very often, we will see “flecks” floating around – sometimes white, sometimes black.” There are three common explanations for this phenomena:

  1. Autokinetic effect. The autokinetic effect is the perception of a stationary point of light in the dark moving. Psychologists say the cause of this perceived movement when there is none is due to "small, involuntary movements of the eyeball" (Schick and Vaughn, 1995). It has been shown that the autokinetic effect can be further enhanced by the power of suggestion (Zusne and Jones, 1990).

  2. Eye floaters and spots. These are tiny clumps of gel or cells inside the vitreous, which is the jelly-like fluid that fills the inside of your eye. More information on this can be found at: http://www.allaboutvision.com/conditions/spotsfloats.htm

  3. Electromagnetic field (EMF) induced. In the laboratory, transcerebrally applied frequency and amplitude (‘pulsed’) EMFs have led individuals to report a variety of phenomena like those reported in haunted locations, including: shadows, the feeling of being touched, feeling of foreboding, and flashes of light (Persinger et. al., 2000). So, not only could this be a possible cause for the ‘flecks’ of light, but also it could explain some of the other phenomena. This is certainly a possibility since amplitude modulated EMFs that could be considered EIFs were found at the location.


Conclusions


Even though there are many potential natural explanations for the reported phenomena, the fact remains that there was an anomalous picture taken at the time Cindy was reporting a cold breeze/draft down her neck/shoulder/arm area. In addition, there was a drop in the background radiation and the magnetic field increased in one axis while it decreased in another. It is possible that there is anomalous activity happening in addition to natural explainable phenomena. Further investigation of this location would be beneficial

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