EVP (or Electronic Voice Phenomena) is a technique widely used by paranormal investigators in which a digital
or analog recorder is employed in an attempt to capture the voices of the dead. Questions or statements are
made by the investigator and playback of the recording may reveal sounds or words that do not originate from
the living who are present at that point in time.
More often than anyone cares to admit, such sounds may be the result of the investigators themselves who
either forget they were speaking, moving or breathing or chose to ignore those possibilities, radio
transmissions picked up by the recorder or normal movements of objects that (after the sound is compressed
digitally) might indeed resemble words or phrases.
In our best efforts to put forth audio clips that we believe fall outside most mundane explanations, we have
taken a great deal of time to educate and familiarize ourselves with software that can identify the normal
human range of speech or hearing and utilize it to analyze our data. In doing so, we hope to eliminate those
recordings that would likely be nothing more than normal sounds misidentified as something unexplainable.
While we are not infallible and we encourage listeners to make their own judgments about what they will hear
on these pages, we nonetheless remain committed to distinguishing the unusual from the ordinary as best as
we can. As a result, we do not offer these clips as definitive proof of the paranormal. That remains in the eyes
and ears of the beholder.
The following clips are submitted as examples of some of more inexplicable sounds we have recorded in our
sessions and in some cases have heard with our own ears in real time (disembodied voices). THE RAW AND
UNEDITED FILES REMAIN IN OUR POSSESSION. IN SOME CASES, THE FOLLOWING CLIPS HAVE BEEN
AMPLIFIED AND ISOLATED WITH A MINIMUM OF BACKGROUND NOISE FILTERING ONLY FOR THE PURPOSE OF
A BETTER LISTENING EXPERIENCE.
These submissions are intended to entertain and enlighten visitors to this site and are not presented in their
current form for peer review as the raw, unedited files would be. As such, we also caption them in regards to
what we feel is said at the risk of exerting a form of suggestion or confirmation bias on the listener.
Nonetheless, you are most welcome to interpret them as you will, especially those we cannot discern what they
clearly say. In submitting those, maybe YOU can help out. Enjoy.
Over a two-year span, we performed a series of investigations in this location and came away quite certain that
there is a presence of a child here. Historical background checks and reports from the staff there seem to
Two adult female investigators hear a child’s voice during a session in actual time.
“A lot of people”
On April Fool’s Day 2010, we received some very compelling vocalizations from this source. In each case,
normal conversations were being held when we recorded these voices. In none of these instances, did any
investigator react to them. Only during playback did they become apparent to us.
“Who are ‘ya?”
A month later, for the first time, we got something different. This time, the sound of an adult female.
Assurances were given by two extremely honest (and non-musically inclined) female investigators that this is
neither one singing or that any radio was on at this time.
In June, we tried a different tact by bringing in a toy as a trigger object, in this case a large rubber ball. While
the group were sitting in a reception room bouncing it back and forth to each other, we recorded a child’s voice
perhaps wanting to get in on the fun or reprimanding them for playing indoors.
That same evening, we recorded perhaps the clearest piece of audio to date supporting a child was indeed
present here. The ball was put away and the investigators had retired to a conference room. A recorder left in
the reception area captured this. There is speculation as to what is said, but we feel confident that our
“company” is saying...
“Who wants it?”
Same night, later on. A recorder picks up more singing.
On our visit to Rolling Hills, we spent an interesting evening exploring some of the areas and prior claims that
surrounding this former poor house and sanatorium. One of the most fascinating places was the morgue where
the embalming table still exists. At one point, strangely enough, it was also an ice cream parlor. So we asked if
anyone present might have remembered those good/bad old days.
“No” (at 0:10)
Still in the morgue a brief time later and still trying to determine if whoever here enjoys their stay. We receive
a response in the negative and also perhaps an accomplice asking us to stop this line of questioning.
In the boiler room looking for a spirit named Raymond, we try to extend some friendly greetings his way, but
we receive a labored, ominous voice that expresses no desire to speak of himself or the goings on in RHA.
An interesting follow up to this line of questioning as we continued to address “Raymond” was a repeat of the
word “secret”. It certainly piques our curiosity as what this secret could be.
“Secret” is repeated as a response
We had a wonderful opportunity to investigate some time-honored claims about activity at Harrisville, R.I.’s
Assembly Theater which is also the site of the last two Ocean State ParaCons, our annual charity event. While
most of our data is in video form, there was one stand-along audio clip that bears presenting. A small group in
the projection room has a brief discussion about heading out and then does so. They will open and close the
door to the room, walk down the stairs to the first floor and then close that door behind them which slams with
a loud bang. We still had a recorder running in the projection room and almost immediately some odd voices
were heard inside.
Voices in the empty projection room
Having faith put in us by anyone living in a private residence is something we take very seriously. People will
share experiences with us that they often won’t even to those closest to them. In this case we were asked to
pay a visit to a home where the owner’s young grandson would not enter due to the frightening appearance of
a “scary ghost”. The family related their own stories of the strange phenomena that has taken place in their
years there, so we took the position what was happening could be attributed to something more than a child’s
imagination. Often we wonder if perhaps the appearance and intention of a spirit is misinterpreted. It certainly
can be frightening and unsettling, but perhaps there is a more favorable reason for their existence. With this in
mind, we decided to ask if perhaps there was no intent to actually scare the child, but just to let their presence
be known. We received what seems to be a sympathetic response in a kindly old voice. Perhaps a now
deceased relative checking in on the child they never met?
Two of our investigators decided to spend a night at Captain Grant’s Inn in Preston, CT. The inn has long been
rumored to be a very active location. Mixing “business” with a pleasure trip, they asked and were given
permission to investigate the establishment. One night while cameras and recorders were running, the sound of
a couple checking in very late at night was documented. The couple walked down the hallway and opened the
latch to their room’s door. In this clip, we hear a pleasant greeting from someone welcoming them to the inn.
This is not the voice of the innkeeper, the couple or our investigators who by this time were settled in their
Our RISEUP CT team had been granted permission to run a private investigation of the incredible Warner
Theater in Torrington, CT. This would eventually lead to three public investigations to benefit the theater. On
the team’s first night there, one investigator was sitting alone in the projection room high above balcony level
when he heard a clear and distinct voice in the room with him. In fact he will ask who is in there once the voice
Three male investigators were in the theater looking into claims of a little girl said to roam that area. During an
EVP session, we recorded clear and heavy footsteps in a heel-to-toe fashion. For all intents and purposes, they
sound as if someone is walking on a wooden surface. The only wooden surface in the theater is the stage, yet
all three investigators are positioned in the part of the seating area which is completely carpeted. More
strangely, no one reacts to the sound. It wasn’t heard during the session .
Footsteps across the stage
Just minutes after that point in which the footsteps were recorded, as the group was making their way out of
the theater area, one last attempt was made to contact this alleged child spirit. The question concerned the
possibility she may have been the daughter of a performer or stage hand and if she spent a great amount of
time playing in the theater. A response was recorded in close proximity to the recorder, but it is a matter of
speculation as to what the words are that were spoken. It’s interesting enough to present, but we have to allow
the listener to make their own decision, if any.
Vocal response in the seating area
Vocal response - isolated
We had the great pleasure of spending two years in this iconic Rhode Island landmark which was otherwise off-
limits to investigators. There were a great many unusual occurrences there, but none as startling as what
happened to one investigator who had arrived early and was inside the empty house setting up equipment for
the evening. With a recorder running on the second floor, he heard a woman’s voice from the end of the
hallway. He started walking in that direction and snapping pictures which revealed nothing out of the ordinary,
but the recorder told a much different story. If nothing else, the welcome he received was appreciated. Clip has
been amplified, but what is said remains completely subjective.
Woman’s voice at the end of the hall
The Paine House has been a continuing study for us since November of 2010 and that research continues
today. The sheer amount of quality data that has been collected from this location has been nothing like we
have ever experienced, in large part because of the opportunity to maintain a constant presence there under all
manner of conditions. There is a great deal of evidence that supports the existence of a child spirit there who
has been assigned the name “Sarah” and her voice has in time become quite recognizable to us. Here, we test
her willingness and ability to communicate with a simple game of “ABCs” and this clip still astounds us.
“And I say C, and you say....”
At one point the fire station across the street was open and quite often during the night first responders there
would receive calls resulting in sirens and horns blaring during our sessions. One visitor to the house asked if
these sounds were audible and possibly annoying or frightening to the “residents” there.
While in the attic area, an investigator invites whomever may be willing to do so to communicate with us and
receives a firm response of “No”. Better luck next time, we imagine.
Wish to communicate?
Interesting clip here as two investigators go up to the second floor and sit in two separate bedrooms. A trail of
motion sensors leading from the first floor then trigger in succession on a distinct path to where they are
located. When the session ends, they begin to head back down to where our base is located in the basement. A
male voice is then heard that seems to direct us on where to go.
“Head this way”
Each month we head up public investigations of the house where we offer guests the opportunity to explore the
house and draw their own conclusions. In one case, we were doing a walk-through with our visitors and
familiarizing them with their surroundings. and along the way we were telling the story of a rocking chair in
one of the rooms that we had recorded moving by itself. During a short pause while discussing this event, we
recorded a little girl’s voice pointing out the object.
The next clip was recorded in the attic and comes in a direct response to an offer to leave the area. This is a
great example of interaction.
“No one needs to leave”
This clip was generated in the first-floor classroom area during an investigation of the house. Any sound of a
child calling for its mother becomes somewhat cliche at times, but we ask you to consider this clip and make
your own judgment. A male speaks and a faint little voice is heard at 8 seconds. The amplification of this may
yield the answer to what is spoken.
One of the first pieces of audio we recorded that really got our attention was during our first ever visit to the
house. In trying to establish contact, we were going through the names of families associated with the home.
After the investigator speaks the words, “If I run through these names...” a female voice is heard inquiring as
to our identity.
“Who is it?”
We feel these next clips in the sequence in which they were recorded are just amazing. Two of our
investigators, David Grady and his daughter Shayna Drinkuth decided to be the first people to stay as guests
overnight in nearly 150 years. Multiple recorders ran in the house and the following was recorded in the kitchen
area as they bedded down for the night in the parlor two rooms away. All doors leading to each room on the
first floor were closed and latched.
Sounds of doors being unlatched
Object being dragged
More doors being unlatched
Loud crash comes from kitchen (sounds of pans kept under a sink)
Dave Grady now gets up to investigate the noises and as he approaches the door to the kitchen, we record a
voice inside just before he unlatches the door to enter
“He’s at the door”
Quite often we allow cameras and recorders to run while we empty the house of all people. This gives us an
opportunity to allow the house to “speak” as it were. This is another subjective clip as to its contents, but
because the house was totally void of any investigators, we feel it’s interesting to say the least. We allow the
listener to make their own assessment.
Male voice recorded inside empty house.
During this same time frame, the sounds of footsteps inside the house were also recorded mere minutes after
the voice was captured. We understand a great deal of blind trust has to be placed in us to accept the idea
nobody was inside the museum or someone wasn’t accounted for, but with that said and understood
completely, we present this in good faith.
Footsteps inside vacant house.
We had a former member of the University of New Haven’s ghost hunting team (PIRO) and her family as
visitors recently and one of their sessions yielded a very curious and slightly humorous response. She asked for
physical contact with her mother who was in another room with her father and what sounds like a form of
appreciation for the request was recorded.
The sound of footsteps in the Paine house is a relatively new phenomena that has come to our attention only in
the last couple of years. There are many examples of this documented, but on one particular night, Cody
DesBiens was hosting a group inside the “Military Room” which houses a great deal of Civil War artifacts. All
those inside the house were gathered in the room at this time and during a casual conversation, footsteps are
clearly heard and recorded approaching the room and then abruptly stopping outside its door. An amazing
Footsteps leading to the Military Room