We received a call just before 10pm on March, 8 2010. A woman told us that she, her husband and their three
daughters have been plagued by a series of paranormal attacks and other unsettling phenomena for over two
years. They had previously sought the assistance of a local paranormal group but felt they did not serve her
family's best interests. Her doubts centered around what she termed unprofessional behavior and lack of
She had previously consulted with a demonologist who wanted to be compensated in the amount of $350 to
travel from NY to RI. When they informed him they could not afford to pay his expenses, he advised them to
conduct their own investigation. She claims this produced a series of terrifying EVP including growls, voices and
entire phrases being recorded. The catalyst for her calling RISEUP was her fear about the increase of the
frequency and severity of the attacks. She had been admitted to the hospital the morning of March 8th after
waking up with a strange pain in her hip. An examination showed it to be a dislocation. No symptoms or pain
were felt the night before, forcing her to conclude that it must have occurred while she slept. This is the second
such dislocation in as many weeks as she had woken up several days earlier with a dislocated shoulder and
scratching in the same general area. For this, she indicated that she was also hospitalized and that she could
RISEUP Investigators Present: Ken DeCosta
Weather conditions: Clear, low 40s
We were greeted at the complex by our client and her three daughters. There was no suitable location to
send the girls for the night and we decided to work around this issue to the best of our ability. The client's
husband was at work on his later shift. What immediately struck us what the friendliness and excitement that
the daughters demonstrated toward our arrival, which at first glance seemed to run in sharp contrast to a family
living in constant fear. Our presence in many children might have signaled the potential of a frightening
experience to follow, but it was quite the opposite - they immediately embraced us which was rather telling. In
fact, at various points of the night they expressed a desire to participate in the investigation.
The apartment is on the second floor of the complex and each condominium hosts two dwellings. There is
then, another tenant on the first floor. It is a very open apartment with connecting dining, kitchen and living
room. All three girls sleep in the same single room. EMF readings in the kitchen are high in many areas - 12-inch
bleed from fuse box Less than 6 inch bleed from stove, coffee maker, rear of fridge and thermostat which fall into
the "typical" bleed range. Bedrooms have little EMF bleed from electrical sockets and thermostat (children's
The client is a very engaging and friendly woman who is eager for validation of her and her family's
experiences. She has provided two pictures of the injuries she claims she has suffered at the hands of this
Scratches on neck upon awakening one morning Separated shoulder from push on stairway
Geographical and Historical Information
The client is 37 years old and has never been diagnosed as having any skeletal or muscular afflictions. These
sorts of things are not unfounded and it was suggested that she continue to search for medical answers first. The
odds of two such events occurring in such close proximity is strange considering she is - by her account - an
otherwise medically healthy person. She is also adamant that she has not been prescribed or is taking any sort
of muscle relaxer, pain-killer or sleeping aid, some of which have been known to contribute to these sorts of
dislocations or luxations during sleep as pain resulting from awkward movements or sleeping positions are
sometimes masked by the drugs.
The first of these attacks took place while living in Revere, MA. It occurred in July of 2009. The exact day
couldn’t be specified. Upon awakening one morning, she found a very deep bruise on the inside of her arm. She
indicated that it was deeper than common skin bruising, became dark black in color and was shaped in the
likeness of a small hand. When asked her if she had ever seen an example of frostbite, she indicated that she
had and that there was a similarity in the color. She further indicated that this would have been a particularly
difficult area to have accidentally bumped or pinched and was certain that no one had grabbed her in a violent
manner. The was not present when she went to bed the night before.
She expressed to us that the attack may have had some relation to a friend’s former girlfriend- a Puerto
Rican woman who was known to be involved in “Santorini” (sic) and Black Magic. (Note: She was obviously
referring to Santeria, a religion less popular in Puerto Rico than in neighboring Cuba, but still very widely
practiced.) While there were no initial hostilities between the couples the client always sensed some hint of
jealousy, particularly for the fact that she had children and this woman was incapable of conception. Our client
speculated that this might have a catalyst for this woman’s problems with alcoholism. Their mutual friend broke
things off very abruptly with this woman just before the bruising took place. They have not heard from her since.
No photographs were taken of the injury.
She then took the time to give us some background information about an unfortunate incident in her family's
past in that her father had committed suicide. She shared this because she senses him as a positive (spiritual)
influence in the house. They were very close and at times, she even detects the fragrance of his cologne.
Around this time a variety of other activity was affecting both the property and the clients. There were
various electrical malfunctions. Lights would turn on and off or even strobe. The television would change
channels with the remote control sitting unattended directly in front of them. Their bed would shake at night and
sometimes they would see a tall black mass walk by the bedroom door. They would also hear hissing, growling,
scratching and banging throughout the house, particularly at night. Many of these things, particularly the hissing,
growling, scratching and banging, still occur at the current location in North Andover.
The client also indicated that she did not feel like herself during that time. The term "spiritual oppression"
was used by her, completely unsolicited. Her husband also described looking at her and seeing someone else’s
eyes. In this matter they sought the assistance of a local church in North Reading, MA. and on August 1, 2009
the client underwent the rights of Christian Deliverance. No further activity was experienced between this time
and Christmas of the same year.
It was also after August 2010 and after moving to No. Andover that the more severe of the physical attacks
began to happen. On two separate occasions in Sept/ Oct. she was knocked down and as a result injured her
wrist. On another occasion she felt she was choked (photo at top of page). It was after the choking incident that
she contacted a local paranormal group. The clients still conducted audio sessions though afterwards they felt
they had made their problem worse. On a separate occasion, they came home to find the kitchen littered in
objects that were taken off counter tops or removed from cabinets and drawers and strewn about the floor. A
galls cover was among the objects but remained unbroken on impact. The client took a picture of the objects.
Other reported phenomena includes a figure seen inside the girl's bedroom the youngest describes as
"looking like the Grinch", the youngest child awakening with scratches on her neck and arms, and discovering a
makeup basket had been tossed onto the floor (below).
A standup pivot-style mirror in the master bedroom has been reported to flip up and down and change
positions by itself
In addition, the client has acknowledged hearing disembodied footsteps inside the apartment, shadows that
pass by (particularly in one case where the husband noticed someone moving inside the bathroom while he
showered with the curtain drawn one morning), anomalous voices and objects that seem to have moved out of
A picture of a face on the other side of a sliding glass door to a patio area was captured on a photo taken by
the client. She no longer has this picture in her possession.
A great deal of time was spent inside the children's room and stationary video cameras were set up there to
be monitored throughout the course of the investigation. EVP sessions were conducted and readings were
constantly observed to detect any environmental changes.
We spoke to the girls in terms of their own experiences and two things became very clear. The two youngest
girls sleep together in the same bed and one, according to the oldest daughter, is a very restless sleeper who
dominates the bed. This might account for the marks on the neck and arms of the other as she may be struck or
scratched unintentionally while sleeping.
The other is the sighting of "The Grinch" near their closet door. When asked when she saw this creature, the
youngest replied "around Christmas" which may easily explain the resemblance and appearance of what has
always been a holiday cartoon staple of children everywhere.
No video or audio evidence was captured in this particular room otherwise during any session by varying
groups of investigators.
The master bedroom was a slightly different story. Two separate groups of investigators conducted KII/EVP
sessions inside and at first it seemed very much like the responses were consistent and clear that some harm
was intended to the family via the meter's reactions to the questions that were posed. Over 50% of the time, we
were receiving what appeared to be intelligent interaction. Further questioning however may have indicated that
the meter was quite possibly a victim of some sort of electrical interference from an outside source, very possibly
originating from the apartment below. This is why all KII sessions must be scrutinized lest one be misled by
coincidence or expectations. With a client already in a heightened state of anxiety about her and her family's
situation, it was decided not to submit this video as evidence of any sort. It is presented here as a cautionary
tool for anyone overly desperate for proof at the expense of rational assessment. Our goal is to alleviate fear, not
to enhance it irresponsibly.
The first group of investigators inside the master bedroom (Julie, Chris and Tom) kept hearing a female voice
inside the room and while video footage display their reactions to it, it was not captured on audio recorders
clearly enough to submit as indisputable evidence.
The mirror that seems to spin into various positions is on a pivot type swivel and while it can be easily
adjusted to any position, we can not adequately explain why it would do so on it's own with satisfactory
The face caught in a photograph from the sliding glass door all but assuredly is a symptom of pareidolia, a
psychological phenomenon involving a vague and random stimulus (often an image or sound) being perceived as
significant. Common examples include seeing images of animals or faces in clouds, the man in the moon or the
Moon rabbit, and hearing hidden messages on records when played in reverse. It may simply be a reflection of
the face of the person snapping the picture and can also result from a glass surface being less than clean which
also contorts light and shadows as demonstrated here by David while holding a light to the door.
While our client old some compelling stories and her husband supports her claims, the children's have a hint of
suggestion involved within theirs. Our client speaks of herself as having "abilities" to see into future events and
claims she has had this gift since childhood. Perhaps these occurrences center around her.
We ended our investigation and review without being able to submit any type of solid evidence to
substantiate her claims. We do know from our conversations that she is afraid for her family and would like the
activity to end. Before we left we led her, her husband and the oldest daughter in a session designed to empower
them and to take claim of their home by addressing whatever enitity(s) may be present and letting them know in
no uncertain terms that they are no longer welcome. In situations like these it is best to advise the subjects they
should not allow themselves to accept they are victims and that assertion is needed. Whether the message gets
through to the spirit world we cannot be certain immediately, but at worst, the affirmation can be quite
empowering to the living habitants of the house. We left with assurances we would be available to return if our
services were needed again or if the activity continued to an unacceptable degree.
There is an extreme possibility that the client has some sort of physical disorder - though those maladies
which are known to cause sudden or increased bruising are generally blood disorders and are usually very severe
and commonly tested for during a routine physical. The client indicates that she has been undergoing
observation for such a disorder but all results have been negative. We have not, nor have we asked to see,
credible documentation of these visits as this is a private health matter covered by the HIPPA act.. From a
medical POV, dismomnia (difficulty sleeping) is, in adults, generally triggered by hypertension and/or Post
Traumatic Stress Syndrome. As indicated in our Pre-Investigation Profile, the client certainly has factors which
may contribute to both. She is a married mother of 3 who recently (within the past few years) did have a very
traumatic event happen in her recent adult life.
We support her continuing these observations and promoting clean, healthy living as one way to help
overcome the depression caused by the haunting.
We have been leaning heavily toward the possibility that the client is suffering from REM Sleep Disorder
(RSD). RSD causes those who suffer from it to physically act out the contents of their dreams and can be quite
dangerous for both sleeper and partner when in association with night terrors. When we proposed the prospect
of some sort of disorder some months ago and inquired into her openness to such a thing, she indicated that
she'd already undergone a sleep study for her nightmares at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center which turned
up negative for any sort of disorder. Based on the length and thoroughness of our previous conversation about
this topic and her insistence in being up front about everything, I find it extremely suspect that she would
overlook mentioning having undergone a serious sleep study - though we also can't rule out the remote
possibility that it was mentioned and somehow escaped being noted.
In terms of her reported psychic ability, we suggested she might want to speak to someone who would be
better able to counsel her on this, someone who also has grown up with the gift of clairvoyance and could better
guide her through the experiences and visions she claims to have, some of which are of a unpleasant nature
(dreams as a harbinger of death for example).
We put her in contact with such a person, someone who we have faith in and who has experience in helping
people come to grips with and focus their abilities. When our client could not decide on a date for them to meet,
our contact sent a questionnaire simply to acquire some background to be filled out at our client's convenience.
She failed to do so and to our knowledge has never pursued this avenue any further after initially being very
excited at the prospect. Her final word to us on this matter was to say that while she hates the gift as it brings
on some very disturbing images, she doesn't want it to completely go away. That type of contradictory statement
turned out to be consistent with some of her others. We were left in a quandary as to we how me might continue
to assist her. We have had no further contact with the family, despite their stated appreciation for our efforts.