This is the follow-up investigation that was conducted exactly one week later.
Temperature: 34 degrees (outdoors)
55 degrees (indoors)
RISEUP Investigators present: Ken DeCosta
Apparition of a man seen in office; linens and towels moved from bed to floor during a
room change; female guest's jewelry moved from a night table to her suitcase overnight;
eyeglasses moved from night stand to a dresser top overnight; indentation of a human form
on a previously-made bed; figure of a woman appearing in upstairs attic window; two entries
in the guestbook from visitors who related having some sort of paranormal experience
during their stay - both parties stayed in the same room on different dates.
We returned to the historic inn and went about our business of setting up various
experiments along with the equipment we would use on this investigation. We planned to re-
visit all areas of reported activity in the hopes we could build upon the audio evidence
gathered in the initial visit. One area of particular interest would be the remaining upstairs
bedrooms which had not been given a thorough investigation on our first go-round.
Of particular interest would be what is known as the "Yellow Room." - the only room in
the house furnished with twin beds. Previously, two women had stayed at the inn and had
written in the guestbook that their stay had been "Wonderful - Ghosts and All!!" with an
accompanying smiley face. This would seem to corroborate an earlier visit by guests who
had reported paranormal activity in that same room.
The first stop however, would be the basement area, where investigators had seen and
heard - but unfortunately not been able to videotape - a trash can in the middle of the floor
that moved without any means of transport. It was determined that this spot obviously
would be a focal point of our return investigation as we would attempt to recreate the
phenomena that occurred there previously and attempt to make contact with whatever or
whomever inhabited that area of the house.
The investigation began at 7:45 p.m.
The team was split up into three groups with Ken, Chris and all three of the manager's
daughters (one of which would be joining us for the first time) returning to the attic area
where anomalous voices were recorded on the previous investigation. David and Shayna
would take the second floor guest room area and Ryan and Jay would head down to the
basement to attempt contact with the entity responsible for moving the trash can across the
floor while investigators looked on. Dave Grady would assume first watch on the video
monitors downstairs in the kitchen area.
In the attic, a stationary IR camera was set up at one end of the to record the session
(pictured below). An EVP session was conducted with particular attention paid to the history
of the home and the potential for contact with a domestic that (as was usually the case with
servants in that era) was boarded in the attic area. Nothing unusual was detected during this
vigil on video, audio or in photographs taken at that time
David and Shayna canvassed the guest rooms in search of some validation of the claims
that objects on nightstands and the beds have been manipulated. A trigger object was set up
in one of the bedrooms on a night table and would be filmed over the course of the evening
with no one allowed to enter that particular room under any circumstances. One of our
newest devices - the TriField Natural EMF Meter - would be employed in their session to be
used in conjunction with the KII meter and a digital recorder in an attempt to corroborate
Meanwhile in the basement, Jay and Ryan worked diligently to arouse the interest of
whatever entity might be located there with a host of questions designed to alternately
enliven and annoy their target.
On the surface, none of the sessions seemed to yield any immediate results pending the
total evidence review that would follow.
As the groups switched up personnel and areas, the women were brought along with us
in an attempt to perhaps "stir up" some activity. It was felt that their presence might entice
any entities present to make themselves known to those whom they had done so on multiple
occasions. Two areas covered more thoroughly were the downstairs library (left) and music
It should be noted that there were other personal experiences in the basement that,
while not on the level of object manipulation, certainly piqued our interest. One was the
insistence of Shayna and another woman that they heard a distinct "rattling" sound on an
EVP session there with Ken and Ryan present. They described this sound as "something
similar to a rattlesnake". Interestingly, both were clearly unsettled by what they both heard
in the same area of the basement. Unfortunately, no audible sound resembling this was
caught on digital recorder.
The other incident involved Ryan who - following Ken's lead into a small area off the
main part of the basement - felt a well-defined cold spot which he then followed into the
small cubbyhole. It was then he attempted communication and in so doing at one point
offered his hand to whomever wished to make physical contact with him. He reported feeling
that in fact his hand was being touched for a prolonged period of time.
Ryan recounting his personal experience
By far, the most extraordinary event that took place on this night and one that ranks
among the most compelling evidence of the paranormal we have experienced to date took
place in the aforementioned "yellow room" on the second floor. Ken, Shayna and all three
women were seated at various areas around the room conducting an EVP session. Ken was
doing the questioning while Shayna trained her camcorder on the KII meter which was
perched on a fireplace mantle inside the room. It was hoped that an intelligent response or
an environmental change might register on the meter and could be captured on video.
At around or about the 20-minute mark in the session, a bright, narrow ribbon of
brilliant white light was observed traveling from the door leading into the room from the
hallway. It shot rapidly in a straight line about a foot away from the wall and 6 inches from
the ceiling. This would indicate beyond any doubt it was not a reflection of any kind as it was
travelling in mid-air and did not pass by any reflective surfaces. The ribbon of light then
moved erratically in a kind of rapid zig-zagging motion and then vanished in a flash of white
light. All four people in the room saw this simultaneously for varying degrees of time
depending on where they were seated. Ken and one female observer saw the trail for 3/4 of
its total movement. The other female observer saw its entire movement as she was seated
facing that wall. By contrast, Shayna saw only its final erratic motion before the flash as her
camera was trained on the KII meter directly ahead of her. The resulting flash did not show
itself upon review of the videotape, despite our fondest hopes.
Even more surprisingly, David Grady and Ryan Lantini were in the music room
downstairs in which one window of the yellow room could be seen clearly from his vantage
point - sitting on a chair near the double French doors that lead out onto the terrace. He
reported to us that he clearly saw the flash from his position, but dismissed it as Shayna
snapping pictures as she had done extensively through the investigation.
Great lengths were taken to find an explanation for what we had observed. Our first
inclination was to turn to the possibility of an insect like a lightning bug. Being as this was
March and the trail was obviously too long, this quickly was dismissed. A check of lightning
strike data showed none in the state of RI, nor were atmospheric conditions conducive to
such activity. Electricians that were consulted could not reasonably explain what it might
have been from their professional perspective. We are left with the conclusion that
something very strange and anomalous was witnessed by four people simultaneously inside
that room on this night.
Audio recording of the incident (2:00 clip)
Based on the personal experiences and audio evidence we collected, we are more than
convinced that the claims of staff and guests alike deserve merit. While we did not
experience apparitions, thrown objects or teleportation of items left as trigger objects, the
team as a whole feels that the spirit or energy that remains in this beautiful colonial treasure
does on occasion make itself known to those who venture inside. Should fortune smile upon
us, we would welcome a return to this glorious reminder of our storied and historic past.