While the remainder of the group was engaged in the Belcourt Castle public event, RISEUP dispatched Tom
Stewart, Julie DeMay and Marlaina Gaboriault to a follow-up investigation of the apartment building. They would
again be accompanied by psychic medium Sandra Lindsay as our client - impressed with her readings of both he
and his home - requested her presence there.
RISEUP Investigators Present:
Geographical and Historical Data
The home is situated close to the former Fort Independence, originally Robin Hill Fort, located on Robin Hill. It
was once connected by earthworks to Sassafras Hill Fort (1775 - 1810's) on Sassafras Point near the present-day
Municipal Wharf. The fort has been restored and is now a park near Vermont and Michigan Aves.
The home is in a section of Providence that has a large college population. We know this not only because of
its close proximity to the Johnson and Wales Dormitory, but also because we saw a great number of students in
the streets making their way back to the dorms around midnight.
Structurally, there is little doubt that the house was a conversion from an original single family. The house is
in fairly good condition though they have previously done some restoration work. We learned that it was built in
1905 and was once home to a prominent doctor.
The owner had previously lived at the residence for 3 years and had actually moved away for 7 years before
returning to live at the 3 story tenement. This was (ironically enough) the 7th year since his return. He has a
very good relationship with his landlord, an elderly gentleman who lives on the first floor. The gentleman requires
constant oxygen to assist with his breathing and lives a very sedentary lifestyle.
See previous case file
Our first investigation yielded a wide array of interesting captures including a video of our DVR wiring being
manipulated by something unseen and unexplainable, recorded voices and the sounds of footsteps (also
recorded) on the unoccupied second floor.
While our more high-tech gear was in use in Newport, the smaller group would focus more on hand-held
equipment and a more basic approach. This, we felt, would better serve us considering the presence of a psychic
on this case.
Sandra and her companion Jason met our investigators at the location and began with a walk-through of the
location. We would monitor and record her impressions with a eye toward corroboration with our own evidence
During several EVP sessions there were some random bangs and thuds here and there but nothing that
seemed intelligent. All investigators felt chills and cold spots at times, but nothing that seemed exceedingly
At one point during an EVP/psychic session, Sandra reported the presence of a man in the room who was
becoming increasingly upset with us being there. She described the entity's mind-set as "frustrated and
confused". She felt he was especially agitated by Marlaina’s presence for reasons not clear to her. At one point as
all were gathered in the front room (below) a few of them heard what sounded like someone running on the
stairs at the back of the house.
Tom's first impression was that it might be our client running up the stairs to tell us about something
happening on his floor. As it turned out, he was in his bedroom the entire time. It remains unknown as to who or
what was running, but Sandra claimed it was the spirit of the man she had previously sensed, frantically leaving
Along with performing several EVP session in various rooms on the 3rd floor, we also gathered in the 2nd floor
living room as Sandra established contact with the client's grandmother who she believes visits the home. The
client joined us for this session. The contents of this reading are being kept private, but the accuracy of the
reading - which included a number of private personal details - was sensational.
In the kitchen, while having an informal discussion, the group heard the sliding pocket door in the living room
move. They were fairly certain it was closing as the door was not fully open when it was checked. While the
recorders ran, we caught at least the sound of this happening.
On 3rd floor in a small cluttered room near a bathroom, Sandra believed she was picking up on the energy of
the young woman she had previously told us about, a drug abusing prostitute who was murdered in the
neighborhood years ago. Sandra felt her spirit was present in the room and was hiding. A recorder was placed in
the room for 2 hours as Sandra mentioned there might be a chance of catching some sounds from the spirit. (The
subsequent review of the audio was inconclusive.)
During the course of the evening, Julie DeMay clearly heard the sound of the bathroom faucet running and
went in to check. Indeed, the faucet was running for no apparent reason and without anyone turning it on. The
faucet handles are the old-fashioned twist types and can't be manipulated by a buildup of water pressure.
Eventually the faucet was switched off. Sadly there was no hand held camera present at this point in time to
capture the event on video.
While the remainder of RISEUP was occupied at Belcourt Castle in Newport for our bi-monthly public event,
this smaller group was sent to the private residence to continue our examination into the paranormal activities
The activity we have experienced in our own time spent there appears to display characteristics of both
residual and intelligent expression. Object manipulation is a direct result of an interaction, while the persistent
sound of footsteps from an empty 3rd floor has all the earmarks of an event imprinted somehow within the
house's confines. We find this range of activity both intriguing and challenging.
Employing the services of our friend Sandra in this location certainly brought a different perspective to the
proceedings, but ultimately our goal is to document actual paranormal activity or explain it through rational
One such justification for the anomalous sounds that are heard in the apartment must be considered: The
close proximity of the apartment buildings that border this one. It might be at least conceivable that sounds
emanating from the adjacent houses might literally reverberate off the sides of the house, thereby amplifying
them. Acoustically these may in turn sound as though they are coming from within this location. Each building
has three floors and it may be possible that anytime someone walks up a flight of wooden stairs in the
neighboring houses, we might be identifying them as coming from above us as the sound reverberates between
the buildings. This may seem a bit of a reach, but future investigations of the property should at least take this
This presents us with an opportunity to employ a vibration sensor on the third floor and monitor it closely
from a remote location. Only then can we eliminate extraneous sounds as a possible explanation for what we
have all been hearing.
Nonetheless, we look forward with great anticipation to yet another excursion to this thought-provoking