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Case #101808 - Shingle Springs Cemetery Investigation

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Articles Myself and K. Gilligan investigated the Shingle Springs cemetery this evening (10/18/08) and took along a Sony ICD-P520 recorder and a Sony 60 GB digital video camera with infrared enhancement attachment.

The goal was to investigate the cemetery at sundown to evaluate the quality of EVPs captured in the evening against the extraordinary capture during the daylight hours in the early part of October 2008.

Upon arriving, we immediately set about recording EVPs, starting with William Palmer, the gentleman we believe so kindly spoke to myself on the first investigation of the cemetery. Later analysis showed no answer from the several minutes of EVP work done with his tomb. We set about moving through the entire cemetery to see if we could capture recordings as we worked our way through the cemetery perimeter.

At around 40 minutes into the investigation, I turned and noted that I saw a human-form shadow pass from my left to right on the top of the hill facing to the southwest. The sighting lasted no more than 2 to 3 seconds, but was distinct and it crossed in front of headstones and also behind a pine tree and then was seen no more.

Spooky snap taken at aquarium

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IT’S just what you’d expect to see in a snap from an aquarium. A shark, blue water — and a disembodied HUMAN HEAD.

Emma Place, 21, took this eerie photo on her phone at Hull’s £53million attraction The Deep.

Boffins at the aquarium admit they are baffled by the appearance of the man’s face, which appears to be gawping up at a shark

Dentistry student Emma, of Doncaster, only spotted the ghoulish face when she arrived home.

She said: “My boyfriend said, ‘what’s that?’ I replied, ‘it’s a shark’.

Spooky

“He said, ‘no, the face.’ I was like, oh my God! It actually looks quite spooky.

“I’m easily freaked-out.”

Lycanthropy... A discussion of shape-shifting.

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Kat Lang is a remote member of GRI and is a sensitive and writer who brings research, history and articles about tradition to our visitors. We felt that the discussion of shape-shifters and Indian traditions added an interesting dimension to discussions about the paranormal. Some of the topical matter may be seen as controversial, especially the use of peyote. We present the article, not as an endorsement of Peyote use, but to educate and inform the reader. -- Tomcat

The Dictionary and Science defines Lycanthropy as someone changing into a werewolf, or a wolf. In reality, Lycanthropy is a very private, closed off ceremony for the high priests and Medicine Men of Indian tribes, and the shape shifter himself. Indians have spirit guides..whether it be an eagle, bear or wolf. There are many spirit guides including salmon, and hawks. In order for the Indians to get in touch with these guides for their guidance and path they should take in life, they must become their guide.

Peyote Buttons grow in the tempered, and dry air in the desert regions of the United States. Peyote Buttons are horrible tasting, dry mushroom type plants that are similar to an LSD high..Lots of people have died from ingesting too much of them. However, under the supervision of an experienced shaman, they can put the individual in touch with a spirit guide, and, as stated before, the ceremony is quite private. Not all Indian tribes subscribe to Lycanthropy; however, not many Indians will dispute the existence of shape shifting.

The ceremony itself begins with the intended shape shifter declaring his spirit guide, and that he wishes to become one with the guide. He will take a small bite of Peyote, and the drum beats begin, along with the chanting to call forth the guide. This ceremony can take hours, and the intention is for the shape shifter to gain knowledge from the guide; he can take the form of the guide for a short time. There is indeed more speculation as to this ceremony then there is actual fact. Again, these are intensely private ceremonies. It doesn't matter to these tribes what the white man, or anyone else believes about this practice; it is the Indians heritage, it is their belief.

Doing your own investigations...

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Articles I've been doing investigations for a number of years now and noted that investigations were always hit and miss with actual field time being something of a tough thing to get time to do.

Getting out and spending quality time was somewhat of a treat rather than a routine matter. When I counted the number of investigations I had been on in two years, it came to less than a dozen. And that really got to me. In fact, I didn't like it.

I'm a professional programmer and spend a lot of time immersed in new technologies. As a mentor, I also encourage my students to just dive into a subject, question everything and to not be afraid of failure. I advise them to regularly measure and examine what they get out of something with regard to the effort placed in. This is true for many things in life, including paranormal investigations.

So I took my own advice after years of work and collection of expensive gear for doing paranormal research and began to weigh what this was getting me and I realized that the gear won't do it's job unless it is put to work. Frequently. And I only take the gear that the case demands rather than weighing myself down with exotic tools that find limited use. It's a matter of workhorse tools that can be trusted friends on most investigations.

This is a real problem in field research of all types. As an information scientist myself, I look at science in terms of how one deals with implementing theory, research and collection of evidence to back these theories. Balance that with available time and budget and you begin to understand the realities.

La Casa Drive investigation media recorder drop number 1

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Articles Based on a number of reports of ghostly apparitions in and around the La Casa Drive area of Shingle Springs, we began doing night drops of data recorders to see if we could get any potential sounds of music or paranormal activity to register on our digital recorder.

Update: First clips of the drop recorder are now online - More coming as our analysis concludes and then we'll issue report number one for the first drop experiment. Drop 2 will be in early/mid November.

The so-called haunt reads as follows:

Shingle Springs - La Casa Dr. - There is a strange mist that hovers at times, no matter the climate (no hot-springs present). Sounds of Native American drumming can be heard late at night or early in the morning (there are grinding stones in the area). My neighbor personally saw what looked like a ghostly form of a mountain lion enter the mist, and what looked to be the ghostly form of a Native American Warrior exit on the opposite side of the mist.

http://www.strangeusa.com/ViewLocation.aspx?locationid=1064 seems to be the origin of the report, which was then picked up and transmitted to many other sites. No matter the origin, they all are repeating one another. I've seen no evidence that anyone has even tried to check it out for serious.

This investigation is being run because, frankly, no one seems to have paid attention to it. Our evidence will either confirm or deny the reports and we'll be frank with our analysis and conclusion.

The reason for selecting a drop like this is because we didn't want to put a full team into an investigation of a place we had not at least done pre-investigation work on and the best way to proceed was with an expendable data recorder to see what we might get. The disadvantage of such an act is that we have a lot of evidence to listen to for each time we do this. We might also lose the recorder if found or it could be damaged. The advantages are that we can do a long-time investigation and let the equipment roll on a site that isn't known with relative ease and at low risk.

Lessons learned on the first drop were that we need to provide some sort of insulation for the recorder to preserve battery life. Meaning that we embed the recorder in a leather or styro-foam enclosure that will insulate the recorder from the cold. And we may want to provide external D-size battery power for the recorder to provide additional power. We'll take this in steps, using the insulation method first and if that doesn't do, then we'll go with a battery pack to augment the internal power supply.

Our first drop occurred on Oct 11'th and we managed to get a 5 hour and 2 minute data set. We left the recorder out at about 9:00 at night. We noted that the recorder was getting lots of road noise and in that sense, we were not concerned, since it was very evident what was road noise and what was not.

At just shy of 18 minutes into the recording, footsteps were recorded with the distinct click of something sounding like metal or similar. These were in close proximity to the data recorder. These we distinct and sounded exactly like human footsteps. It may have been an animal, but if so, it must have been big. It may even have been human, but how could the steps just appear then vanish so quickly without trailing off in the distance? I'll be re-reviewing the sequence before and after this event to see if we can find this to rule this as a mere human investigating why we did the drop.

A number of distinct clicks occurred during this first hour of recording. We'll be re-reviewing these to see if they can be identified.

At 25 minutes, 36 seconds, a very low growl is heard very close to the recorder. Frankly, it raised the hair on my neck when it first registered during analysis. It was unlike any animal I'm familiar with. I'm going to clip these and listen carefully to them after washing the data through my audio software.

EVP investigation at the Shingle Springs Cemetery

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Articles On October 4'th, I took a spin out in the GRI Mustang to Shingle Springs Cemetery, a small little out of the way and very peaceful place of rest for some of the town founders of our little gold country hamlet.

To be truthful, I hadn't even know it existed until recently, so I tossed it into the pile of pre-investigation spots to check out after discussions with other members and decided to strike out when some free time came my way.

It was a stormy day that nearly got me killed coming back from another cemetery in the town of Fair Play when a car crossed over and nearly ran me off the road. Why I didn't get hit, I don't know. The other driver pulled back to their side and missed by inches. So, I can say that by the time I got to the Shingle Springs cemetery, I was a bit shaken up and used the time to just wander this nice little cemetery of 90 plots and to relax.

October 3'rd Scouting Mission results

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Articles Our scouting mission was nearly torpedoed by rain in the Sierras. We got off to a late start, but kept up with the planned visiting list and visited the following sites (The actual case notes are later in this article for why we went to the spots):
  • Shingle Springs cemetery - From the 1800s - A potential haunt -Actually, we couldn't get in! There is a private gated community blocking access. We wrote an email to the association to see if we can visit the cemetery later in the month. - update 10/4/08 - We did get in. It turned out to be accessible, but hard to find. A very small cemetery, but beautiful and it looks like a local boy scout troop is maintaining it. This is truly a nice-feeling place and we conducted some EVP work there. Photos to be posted later.
  • Shingle Springs - Green Valley Road - Rumored to have haunted road with horses galloping on it -  We drove up the road with no idea where the actual haunt was. The spot that seemed most likely based on feelings only was a section near Mulberry drive, but this is only a guess. A check with one of the investigators from another group who has had some familiarity with this area will confirm or disprove our guess.
  • Shingle Springs La Casa Drive -  Native American haunt - This site was nicely open to access and the community seems nice enough. Two areas seem of interest with regard to parking away from the main homes and an investigation might well be conducted there late at night with EVPs and perhaps a video unit if the police are notified and aware you would be going in to do this. The evidence for a haunt is a scant and anonymous report that shows up on multiple ghost site haunt lists. It could be that this is entirely bogus and thus needs to be confirmed. We may drive out again to try to contact homeowners there to confirm or deny the entire story.
  • Diamond Springs Hotel - Active haunt investigated by many groups - Big parking lot and open back area. Possible to investigate with a possibly friendly owner who may let a group go in. Some people have seen a figure in the back of the hotel and it looks like it is possible to park or sit outside to the side of the hotel to view this area. It would be neat to try an EVP recorder in the back porch of the building and see what one could pick up. Update 10/4 - I visited the restaurant and had breakfast there. There is a sense of something odd about the place and the menu spoke of the happy ghosts upstairs. I didn't speak with the help there and will be emailing the owners to see about a training investigation there.
  • El Dorado House Cemetery in Shingle Springs - In a business park - There is a grave there and it looks like the developers may or may not know of it and may not care about it. Our investigation showed a lot of trash and development encroachment in the area where this grave may lie. Advantages of investigating are that the site is that it is far from normal evening activity. One would need to have at least two investigators to properly work the site. Good for using EVP gear and infrared cameras for an evening investigation. Lesson learned here is to take latest photos from our source and to also bring a GPS receiver to mark the coordinates once found. We would also share this location with those interested in preserving the site.
  • Fair Play Cemetery - A truly out of the way place and a beautiful place to rest. I really liked the feeling there and it was a truly friendly place.

Scouting mission on October 3'rd, 2008

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Articles We will be conducting a scouting mission around the Placerville/Shingle Springs area on Friday, October 3'rd, 2008. A list of potential haunts is being examined for a formal investigation in the second or third week of October. This will be a training mission only. No private establishments will be investigated, only publicly available sites.

If you live locally in the area of Sacramento and wish to participate in the scouting mission, we will be glad to hear from you. The mission will begin at 11:00am and last until 5:00pm. We'll stop for lunch and make decisions about the choice cases and see what the best options for an investigation might be around the area. This will involve speaking with homeowners, on-site testing of gear and "feeling" the place out to see if it bears investigating.

One to two volunteer investigators in addition to the GRI leader will be going on the scouting mission. If you think you have the right stuff, click the CONTACT link on the left menu and get into touch with us. We'll be glad to have some company as we kick off our first missions!

Is LaFayette's Marsh House haunted? Ghost hunters want to know

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Ghost hunters began their investigation at the Marsh House late Saturday night. (Messenger photo/Josh O’Bryant)

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Ghost & History of Southeastern Tennessee Inc., a non-profit organization, took a team of investigators for a hunt of possible ghosts Saturday night at the Marsh House in LaFayette and its cemetery.

Prior to the hunt, lead investigator Rick Howard said investigators would go through the entire mansion thoroughly with infrared cameras and audio equipment to see if they can pick up any anomalies.

“From that point, whatever we pick up, we analyze to see if it is something that naturally occurred, unnaturally occurred and can we explain it in anyway, and then what is left is what we are interested in,” Howard said.

The investigators contacted Marsh House co-coordinator Mary Smitherman to conduct the experiment at the Marsh House.

The 11 on-site investigators began the hunt Saturday at 9 p.m. and planned to carefully search for paranormal phenomenon until 2 a.m. Sunday.

Ghost girl

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Articles This is an interesting video... It's hard to figure if it is real or faked. I'm leaning to real due to stopping and starting the video one frame at a time to see if I can detect anything "off" - so far, it *looks* ok - Would love to see a high-quality original though...

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