This was the eighth official GLPARS investigation and some members have prior ghost hunting experience. During all the previous investigations even though we had encountered strange sounds, voices, interacted with multiple spirits, none of us had ever experienced fear... This investigation changed all that.
In the first three hours of the investigation there were four incidents where some of the investigators were frightened and screamed:
- Team members accidentally encountered each other - it was comical
- The same member screamed over a sudden bug-slap
- A team member screamed over of late night phone call
- Knocking sound upstairs caused some members to get scared and scream
These were definite over-reactions to what happened. This was not the what really frightened the group - it really only involved a couple of members.
During our EVP sessions we were hearing odd noises. While in the front room the investigators heard sounds from the kitchen, dining room and upstairs. We determined that many of the sounds were caused by a faulty upstairs toilet. While upstairs, there were some knocks that took place, we did find that there was a floor board that makes a knocking sound. This board may account for at least some of the knocks heard.
Our last EVP session took place in the dining room. During the session, the team kept hearing things... we were getting very sensitive to any sound. At one point there was a loud bang from the kitchen. Todd and Paul went into the kitchen to investigate. They tested cupboard doors, objects in the sink and objects on the kitchen table. It seemed that slamming a cupboard door with a broken latch matched the sound. The question at the time was "What slammed the door?".
At approximately 1:15 in the morning, the team was getting tired and jumpy from the screams and noises. Just as the team was ready to call it a night, there was a very loud snap/slap (similar to the sound of a wooden ruler being slammed on a desktop) from the kitchen. This caused a chain reaction...two members screamed and dove away from the kitchen, this caused other members to think that there was something in or coming out of the kitchen. This caused some members to hit the floor and others to bellow "What is going on". The whole team was terrified. We can not describe the feeling. It is doubtful that any of us have ever felt that way before and hope never to feel that way again.
While calming ourselves down and laughing about our reactions, the snap/slap happened again. We tried to replicate the sound again, with out much luck. The team was now too freaked out to continue. We decided to call it a night. We had to gather up the equipment. After gathering the recorder from the basement, a stool was moved in front of the cupboard door with the broken latch. After the rest of the equipment was packed up, we checked to ensure that the house was locked up. While in the kitchen, it was noticed that the stool had been moved about three inches away from the cupboard!
When listening to the recorders we discovered that the snap/slap happened on at least six occasions. Strangely, we did not seem to react to all of them - perhaps we did not hear them. The snap/slap that caused the commotion was in fact two separate snap/slaps in a two second period.
When comparing the video with the audio. It appears that the snap/slap was caused by the deadbolt in the door leading from the kitchen to the backyard. The audio indicated the snap/slap, earlier in the night, while we were in the kitchen and the video showed us unlocking the deadbolt and leaving the kitchen. It seems odd that a deadbolt would cause this sound on its own. In particular, how could the deadbolt make this noise repeatedly? We could believe that the deadbolt may move from open to close or close to open, but not repeatedly and not multiple times in a row. Was something in the house trying to give us a message?
We caputured more than 3 hours of audio on each of the three audio recorders upstairs. Unfortunately, the recorder in the basement was not fully cleared out before we started investigating, so it only recorder about one hour worth of audio. We captured a few interesting evps (See the evps section) along with the snaps/slaps.
Nothing interesting was found. We did use the video to determine the cause of the snap/slap - see personal experiences above.