We returned to the private residence in Norton, Ma. yet again, but this time with a different tact in mind.
This investigation would feature four investigators with no prior knowledge of the home nor any previous
experiences there. It was hoped that taking this tact would provide us with more objectivity in our
determination of the source and level of paranormal activity there. Joining us would be Christine Downes
and Joe Chin from the TAPS Home Team to provide their own perspective on the home.
RISEUP Investigators Present:
Cody Ray DesBiens
TAPS Home Team:
The investigators assembled by 7 pm and were given a walkthrough of the home along with an
overview of the reported activity there by the homeowners and Ms. Ahern, who offered us the opportunity
to assist her on this case months ago. There would be no elaborate surveillance setup as there was the first
two times we visited the home, but a more manageable and simpler approach to our equipment utilization
using exclusively hand-held gear.
Geographical and Historical Data
See original case file PR018
See original case file PR018
Adding to the reported phenomena have been our own more recent findings, which on our last visit
centered around some rather intriguing motion detector activations and a disembodied voice in the
Joe Chin reported that as soon as he arrived at the client's home and not more than a few minutes after
removing his coat, he felt as though something touched him on the right shoulder, not once but twice.
Cody DesBiens casually strolled into the dining room and reported he heard some odd noises. Joe
eventually followed him in to corroborate this. It was agreed they were hearing either footsteps or a series
of knocks that originated on the second floor. As this was happening, Cody and others requested the sounds
become more focused and deliberate and they appeared to do so upon request.
As the entire group listened to the walking or knocking sounds, some seemed to be coming from the
stairway area. This seemed to continue at least sporadically for the duration of the investigation. They
described these sounds as if someone or something unseen continued to walk about. This type of
experience had been reported by the client on many previous occasions but this time we were able to hear
them for ourselves. A recorder at one point captures these sounds with some level of clarity.
Footsteps recorded on second floor
Deciding to put this to the test during one of the EVP sessions, the group conducted an experiment
which consisted of Joe walking up and down the stairs multiple times. As he climbed the stairs the rest of
the team would instruct him to stop as soon as they heard the footsteps that seemed to accompany his
own. The second time he climbed the stairs and was again told to stop he reported a breathy male voice in
his right ear telling me to stop as well. Joe reported a chill going through him and all agreed the voice was
loud enough that the rest of the team heard it as well.
A number of interesting, if not fully definitive evidential points resulted from these sounds. As is usually the
case in such matters, it is vital to make the effort to dismiss these sounds as anything other than
paranormal in order to move forward in the investigation process. This is typically done by trying to
eliminate the potential randomness of sound by endeavoring to interact with the source. The goal is to
determine if there is an intelligence behind the noise and whether or not it is being used as a type of
communication or not.
The investigators set out to do this and the results, while inconclusive, nonetheless exhibited somewhere
between a wildly coincidental or definite series of responses. From a simple request to repeat the knocks on
demand or with the age-old "shave and a haircut" approach, the recordings gave us enough to hold our
Return knock on request 1
Return knock on request 2
Shave and a haircut 1
Shave and a haircut 2
By 7:50 p.m. the group descended to the cellar and started an EVP session. They would remain there
for about thirty minutes, then return to the kitchen and eventually to the second floor. While in the
basement, Joe Chin's recorder captured something interesting to us. On our previous visit we heard the
disembodied voice of a female with some clarity while doing an EVP session in this same area when asking
about the former carriage house on the property (now the garage/workshop). Here is that recording from
What Joe recorded appears eerily similar to that voice. While this was not heard audibly, the tone and
tenor is quite the same. We are not certain what exactly triggered this response but we believe gratitude is
During this session, a different recorder also captures this voice.
"Thank you" - second recorder
At 8:30 p.m. Investigators went up to the second floor (EVP session) for a short time, then returned to
the kitchen for a short break, leaving their recorders running on the second floor. The second floor EVP
session then continued. During this time, footsteps/knocking continued and this time could be felt through
the floor and walls.
It was during this session that Deb Ahern reported seeing a face through the second floor master bedroom
window (below). It could not be determined if it were that of a male or female, but this particular claim had
been made by the homeowners but until this point in time, could not be validated or substantiated by our
own experiences. This is perhaps the most puzzling occurrence during our efforts there. It is certainly the
most stunning from a visual perspective.
Break around 10:00 p.m.
Around 10:15 p.m. Marlaina laid down in family room as she announced she was not feeling well. The
remainder of the group retired to the third floor to conduct yet another EVP session. They continued this for
thirty more minutes.
As this was a weekday night, and out of respect to the homeowners work schedule the following day,
everyone was packed up and had left by 11:05pm. Ms. Ahern, having a long drive home, had made
arrangements to stay overnight. More loud footsteps on the front stairs, knocking, and shadow figures were
reported during her overnight stay.
We believe our approach here was sound by bringing in a different set of investigators, including Christine
and Joe, who had no real knowledge or internal discussion about the home. Their perspective and the
independent manner in which they set about trying to investigate the house was gratifying as much as it
was enlightening to us.
Many of the claims set forth by the homeowners were corroborated tonight and this seem to be growing
in frequency and scale as our visits become more recurrent. Whether there is a sort of comfort that is
developing there with those of us seeking to establish a link can only be pure speculation at this point in
time and we must take care to ensure each visit remains one of discovery and clarity without sacrificing
respect for the home and its occupants both living and dead. This remains to us something more than
simply an evidence gathering endeavor.