RISEUP was invited to investigate claims of paranormal activity in this location by the
director of the 19th-century Newport edifice. Ken and David DeCosta met with the director in
his office on March 26th, 2009 and were given a tour of the location as well as a rundown on
the reported activity and the specific areas where the activity seems to be at its apex.
As has been the case in so many other sites we have investigated that hold great
historical significance, the whereabouts, name and personnel involved in its operation will be
withheld per their request to discourage any future inquiries about paranormal investigations
from outside sources as well as out of sheer respect for their responsibility to preserve its
memory and current state as a functional, significant piece of Rhode Island history and not
as merely another "haunted location."
On this particular night, we were accompanied by Sandra Lindsay, a psychic medium
from Mashpee, Ma. To supplement our experiment here, we agreed to enlist her services to
determine the relative merits of using an intuitive on investigations.
Temperature: 48 degrees (outdoors)
64 degrees (indoors)
RISEUP Investigators Present: Ken DeCosta
Geographical and Historical Data
Data withheld to protect certain elements of confidentiality.
Reports of the apparition of an African-American male in a small basement cubicle; the
relentless feeling of a presence on the third floor; the apparition of a woman moving across
the floor in a second-floor room; the sound of footsteps and feeling of a presence in an
empty second-floor ballroom; another presence is felt in a second-floor art room; erratic
electrical activity in the first floor library.
Additionally, we recorded a Class A EVP on the third floor of the building in a place we
deemed "the sick room" as visitors have reported a feeling of illness and sadness in that
The group arrived at approximately 5:15 pm and went about the business of setting up
stationary cameras paying particular attention to the grand stairway (below), the third floor
area, the game room and the library.
Sandra Lindsay would arrive an hour into setup along with Lindsay Hill, who often joins us on
our investigations as an interested observer. Sandra was given the opportunity to tour the
mansion before we began the investigation in order to record her impressions and give us
the option of focusing on any "hot spots" she might encounter.
She immediately sensed the presence of a gentleman in the second floor ballroom. She
described him as having some sort of affliction or deformity and was very curious as to our
intentions there. She felt he would make himself known to us at some point and would
attempt to interact with the group. Interestingly, she said she felt "drawn" to that room as
she drove up to the mansion. We would only note that this is indeed a place of reported
activity inside the dwelling which includes tales of a man peering out the window. The
picture below shows the exact spot where Sandra said the man was present during our walk-
through including the window to the extreme right where he is said to watch passersby.
The next stop was the game room where there were no true impressions of anyone or
anything in that area. This is the place where we recorded what can only be termed as a
musical-sounding anomaly near the rest room, a place of reported activity.
In coming to the unused master bedroom, where a woman has been reported floating
through the atmosphere, Sandra got a sense of thickness as if the floor of the room was a
kind of sinkhole. She described it as if "standing in deep water." She opined that this room
may be a portal or vortex where spirits may enter this realm.
The craft room emitted a happier feeling. This also falls in line with other psychic
impressions gleaned by other intuitives before her.
When we came to the third floor, in a storage place (below) that leads to the hidden-
away area of the sick-room/fireplace zone of the house, she picked up the impression of a
man who remained there, perhaps out of shame for some misdeed he had committed.
Sandra felt this may have involved a child and the gentleman had traveled here on a ship
from overseas. His presence in this cluttered room may have reminded him of the hold of
the ship he may have stayed inside during the voyage.
Entering the sick room area, Sandra immediately felt the presence of the child or children
who might have stayed there. She too felt a heaviness about the place, as if there was a
residue of great sorrow or hopelessness.
***It should be noted that at this point of her walk-through, Jay McCray - who was
documenting the event on video - felt quite plainly a pulling on his back pocket where he
kept his cell phone (turned off at the time). There were five distinct tugs which he likened to
a small child tugging at him as the movement was in a downward plane. Jay said nothing at
the time, but brought this to everyone's attention outside the building after Sandra had
concluded her walk-through. His reaction however was caught on a still photograph (below).
Jay is extremely grounded and maintains a skeptic's perspective during all investigations, so
his testimony was met with extreme interest by the entire group.***
The group split up into teams and proceeded into the various areas we had narrowed
down to be the focus of this particular investigation. Sandra Lindsay accompanied a group
led by Ken into some of the more active parts of the mansion.
Dave DeCosta led a group accompanied by Jay, Chris, Ken and Ryan into the first floor
game room, library and parlor where they conducted EVP sessions. The group attempted to
reach out to any entity that might be willing to respond or present itself in some manner or
form. As Ken extends an invitation to come closer and engage in a conversation, this
response was recorded. The actual words spoken are to say the least, subjective and open to
interpretation. It does appear female in nature.
Response to invitation to speak
Voice isolated and amplified
Upstairs in the attic area where we had recorded the sound of an anguished voice on our
last investigation here, Shayna and David Grady led a group through the area where the
recording took place. Upon leaving the rooms, they passed through the door that leads to
the open storage room and closed and latched it behind them. (The door is held closed by a
thumb latch mechanism that locks itself.) As they walked away, the thumb latch triggered
itself and the door swung open by itself - a remarkable incident, to be sure. Judging by
Shayna's reaction, it was quite startling.
Attic door opens itself (audio clip)
Later in the investigation, Sandra accompanied the team into the art room on the second
floor where she surprised the group with a startling claim; she told us that a woman was
indeed present and she was someone who we knew to be a great benefactor for the
mansion. this woman - according to Sandra - was particularly interested in Ken who was
conducting the EVP session, Sandra asked Ken if anyone in his family had ever worked for
this woman or knew her in some way. this could not be confirmed, nor was it something that
- on the surface at least - made a great deal of sense.
During the course of the investigation, there were some vocal anomalies that were
captured, but much of these were chalked up to external sounds or voices of other inside the
mansion that were in close proximity to the recorder location.
As this would be our final visit to the location, as the director was leaving for another
position and there was little interest in pursuing any further investigations by the board of
directors, we are left with one inescapable conclusion: there is indeed a noticeable amount
of paranormal activity that surrounds this place.
Some very compelling audio evidence - particularly that which was captured on the third
floor by four investigators who recorded the sound of a "mimic spirit" on recorder -
established the location as very active, though in a more subtle and non-threatening way.
Investigators were touched, doors were opened by physical manipulation and shadowy
figures were seen in close proximity to investigators.
It is important then to reiterate that nothing sinister or malevolent has occurred, nor
does it seem to be a potentiality or a factor in terms of interaction with those who frequent
We leave the location with some wonderful corroborating evidence to back the claims
made to us and a greater appreciation for the building's rich history and a wish for comfort
and eternal peace for those who may yet inhabit it.