Our team was contacted to perform an investigation of a house, which many locals refer to as the, “Suicide House”. The house was originally constructed in 1875 along the banks of the Russian River in California. It is documented that the first owner became distrout over losing his wife to due sickness and a hung himself from the rafters in one of the guest bedrooms.
The house was vacant throughout the years and was even abandoned for 15 years. In 1995 the current owner remodeled the structure and began renting it out. However he has since been having issues keeping tenants due to many odd occurrences that they have been experiencing. Past tenants have reported a short shadow figure darting throughout the property and have also heard voices even when no one else is present.
Our team arrived on location at 8pm, after unpacking our gear we sent up stationary cameras in the bedroom were the suicide occurred as well as in the hallway, staircase, master, and basement. We surveyed and performed regular EMF sweeps and noticed that several areas of the house were the client reported activity correlated with high emf fields that were being created by exposed wiring under the house. The readings in these areas averaged between 80 to 95 Gauss, which could promote feelings of uneasiness and even foster hallucinations to those that have a sensitivity to high electromagnetic fields.
After preforming several audio recording sessions in hopes of capturing any spirit voices, we determined that due to the street outside and the acoustics of the house, many of the noises that we caused by people walking outside and cars passing by could actually be heard in all areas of the house except for the basement. Was this the cause of the phantom voices?
After evaluating all the data from the investigation, we were unable to confirm of anything paranormal happening on the property.
It is important to note that directly across the street during the late 1800′s and early 1900′s lived a lady who was known as the Voodoo queen of San Francisco, Miss Mary Ellen Pleasant. “Mammy Pleasant” which many refer to her as, was originally from an Augusta, Georgia plantation. She became of high prominence in San Francisco due to the face that many of the SF elite used her to find maids and servants. After accumulating over $30 million dollars in wealth, she soon lost her fortune. Her home before it was torn down was on Bush street about 300 ft from the Queen Anne. After she was evicted from her home, many would see her outside of the house sitting amongst the Eucalyptus trees she once planted yelling obscenities at people passing by.
Having investigated the Queen Anne hotel numerous times, we wanted to see if we could get any evidence of a connection between the hotel and Mammy Pleasant besides a geographic one. We picked five rooms that all had views facing the Eucalyptus trees, and commenced the investigation. 4 out of the 5 rooms didn’t pick up any anomalous activity, however room 203 were able to pick up numerous EVPs, and very odd environmental data at the same time. All of this occurred while calling out for Mary Ellen Pleasant during the EVP sessions.
Last month we received a call from a woman who believed she was seeing her deceased parents in their vacated home that they used to live in. Her parents had died within 6 months of each, with the last passing away in June of 2011. Since they had passed away the home and all of its contents had remained unchanged. She periodically checks on the home during the week the and sometimes notices shadow figures, and unexplainable voices. The house is located on a vineyard in the Napa Valley, away from busy streets, which makes the noises and sounds that she was hearing even hard to believe that it could be caused by non-paranormal forces. The daughter nor the rest of the family had ever experienced anything in the house that was paranormal until the parents had past away.
The team arrived on location at 9pm and surveyed the house with EMF detectors for about two hours to see if there were any electromagnetic disturbances that could be causing the daughter to be having the experiences that she was having. After doing so we were unable to pick up any unusual readings, as the base only fluctuated between .5 to .9 Milli Gauss. We then conducted several EVP sessions in combination with a EM meter to see if we could get anything, however we were unsuccessful. The only thing that happened was that several investigators smelled what appeared to be phantoms odors of roses and cigar smoke.
Our sensitives without any prior knowledge of the case did pick up on the causes of the deaths of both parents and believed that there was spiritual energy there, however it was residual as opposed to an intelligent nature.
We advised the client of our inconclusive findings and will reschedule a future investigation if the activity increases.
In the small town of Port Costa rests a hotel that not many people have not heard of or seen before. Many of the workers and past guests believe that the hotel is haunted. Being from the Bay Area I had never heard of Port Costa until 2006 when I first learned of this location and its one of kind charm still captivates me to this day.
The town itself is nestled along the Carquinez Delta in California. Port Costa was founded in 1879, and served as a bustling Port for wheat until the 1930′s. Many referred to the town as one of the wildest on the west coast. Early in the 1900′s the town once housed over 3,000 inhabitants, but now it has dwindled down to just over 190.
There are no records that can give us a definitive answer of when the Burlington Hotel was built, or even what it was used for. The Building oozes of Victorian architecture in both its exterior and interior which leads many to believe it was built some where around 1890 to 1905 when most of the other structures were built in Port Costa. Many residents and historians believe that it was used for prostitution as well as speakeasy, which could help fuel the paranormal activity there.
During our last visit in December we were able to capture a couple of electronic voice phenomenas using our Digital Recorders. Most of the enviromental data we picked up proved rather inconclusive. However, we did pick up interesting spikes on a natural EM meter that was placed in a room were one of the house keepers had witnessed some anomalous activity in the past. We were unable to replicate the spikes on the EM device, and they only happened once in that location for 4 hours, it was during this time we picked up our most conclusive EVP for the night.
Soon after the 1906 earth quake ravage the city of San Francisco, Bank of America founder A.P. Giannini built the “Californian Hotel”. The hotel was originally constructed to service the large immigrant workforce used to rebuild the city, also it served as a primary place of stay for merchant seaman, waterfront workers, poets, journalists and pensioners.
The building now also houses one of San Francisco’s oldest Italian Restaurants, Fior d’Italia.
On the night of our investigation we decided to book several of the rooms which the staff claimed were haunted. Being that we couldn’t book the whole hotel, and also due to the fact it is on a busy street in the heart of San Francisco we knew we that our EVP sessions would be limited, so we decided to instead focus on still Infrared, and high speed photography sessions. However first we surveyed the area by preforming a brief EMF sweep, and as with most older structures there were high readings throughout the building.
The most active room proved for the night proved to be #13, were as legend has is associated with the death of an elderly lady who was found in her bed several months after her passing. It was in this room that we picked up several EM spikes, as well as some interesting pieces of photographic evidence. Below is a sample of what was caught during one of the burst photography sessions.