Our second investigation took place at a local residence in Tiverton, R.I. The house has been in the
possession of the homeowners family for two generations and is currently being rented out to a family of
four and a couple living in an apartment on the second floor. The names of the tenants and the location of
the property will be withheld at their request.
Geographical and Historical Data
There have been some structural additions to the building to create the existing home from a small
building that once served as an office for a local oil company (a company that still exists but has obviously
changed their location). The original wood paneling from the actual office space remains in a room now
serving as a bedroom. A brick garage that once housed the companies trucks now houses a number of
antique cars, some in pristine condition and others salvaged or wrecked waiting to be fixed. The
conversion from office to home took place over a period of years from 1989 to 1994.
This was a particularly exciting investigation as it was our first time together as a full group. Four of us
(Ken, Ryan, Jay, and Dave) arrived at the property around 7 pm. Chris would arrive around 9 o'clock. a
briefing took place as the case had come through Ken and Dave and not everyone was acquainted with the
surrounding circumstances. Following this, Jay and Ryan took the K-II, ambient temperature
thermometer, and the IR Surface Thermometer and observed the baselines inside and outside of the
house/basement and garage while mapping sketches of the places of interests which they would later
give to Chris to draft on the computer:
1)Areas of concentrated EMF
2)The configuration of power-lines running overhead
3)The materials used in the construction of the house (wood paneling, vinyl siding, concrete for
the foundation of the house, granite and brick and mortar for the garage)
4)Doors, windows, walls, light switches, etc.....
At the same time Ken and Dave met with the tenants and discussed areas of interest and possible
activity and surveyed the property in that regard.
We all met back in the family room as we'd decided to use this room to set up our base.
We were limited to running a stationary I.R. camera in the living room and camcorder in office/bedroom
under lighted conditions.
Ryan spent the first shift monitoring the cameras, Ken and Chris went into the basement, while Jay and
Dave went to the garage (as these were areas of concern).
After an hour in each location the team reassembled and changed combinations of partners and
locations in order for each investigator to work with all the others and to experience as much of the
property as possible. We repeated this process from 10pm to 2am when we were set to wrap up the
In this time we exhausted various parapsychological methods. At times we would simply sit in the
darkness with our cameras, snapping pictures, rolling the HI-8 cams, and relying on the stationary audio
recorders to pick up sounds.
As the night went along we all began to ask questions with the hopes of capturing responses on our
handheld digital audio recorders.
The night began rather quickly as Dave and Jay observed a strange EMF spike. Dave was holding the K-
II and ran it over a series of plastic barrels and a recycling bin that sat in the corner of the garage (picture
below). The lights of the meter unexpectedly jumped and (over a period of about 10 seconds) continued
to run the spectrum from green to red, an effect that could only be created by a pulsating energy source.
This was not a malfunction or misuse of the device as the trigger/button was held fast by pen cap to
assure a slip of our fingers could not produce a false reading. We've adopted this as a standard practice
when using this device.
The basement also produced some strange K-II spikes.
First and foremost, this particularly basement (like most older basements) was a hotbed of EMF with a
myriad of exposed wires, pipes, telephone boxes, a furnace, a water-heater, and fuse box.
While the K-II was at a consistent level at the time of the spikes it can be speculated that some surge
may have set it off. It has been observed that exposure to concentrated EMF can produce psychoactive or
negative physical responses in instances where individuals are hypersensitive.
This is a rare condition and is unstable ground for admitting or dismissing paranormal claims without
conducting further research into the possibility that the person who's experienced the phenomenon is
Documenting a source and cause of EMF spikes
Jay with the K-II in the basement
We feel it is important that we don't reveal any opinions about our evidence until we have all seen,
watched, or listened to it individually - free of suggestion. This is particularly important in reviewing and
presenting EVP (and other unidentifiable sources of noise) as once a phrase or word is suggested it
becomes difficult to hear the sound as anything else.
The investigation took place in part as a training exercise and proved to be a good first step toward
acclimating ourselves to residential settings.
Because of the absence of any reports of this type of activity at the house and no report of any
malevolence toward the family, we feel given those circumstances, that it is in the best interest of the
clients to relieve themselves of any thoughts of the presence of activity there..
This opinion is given subjectively as there have been reported cases of hauntings where people,
looking to make contact with spirits of the departed, open themselves up to tricksters and other inhuman
entities. While the clients did have several passive claims, their open-mindedness to the paranormal, and
willingness to allow us to investigate indicate that discretion is needed at this location and that any
further investigation or provocation could result in a preoccupation with looking for something that may
not actually exist.