Private Residence

September 4, 2010 – Parrish

This month’s article comes from our friends at the Sarasota Herald Tribune, who wrote an article on buying and selling haunted houses.  SPIRITS’ founder, Brandy Stark, was interviewed for this piece. Here it is:

Parrish Field Notes

Home owner notes: 

Home owners report seeing movement in the mirror and in the area of the fountain.
Shadow in the area of the kitchen.
Saw a person in the fountain area who stepped back, pulled a grey cloak over himself, and stepped back.  The cloak was torn.  It was if the entity didn’t want to be seen.
Peripheral vision manifestations in the living.

At the end of the street:  on multiple occasions, while sitting in the house, I have smelled smoke.  It is not an electrical smoke, it smells like a campfire. When together, one will smell it but not the other. The other day the other was home alone and he smelled the campfire.

Hand on car: The car is a prized possession of one of the home owner.  The home owners went to Kansas, and on the way back, the a/c went down.  We had to roll the window down the whole way home.  The area that we drove through had absolutely no trees in the area.  The other car was owned by a gentleman, who passed away, in the 1980s.  We had a friend who knew them.  He was a Chicago cop.  We had a friend who knew him.  

The woman in the room:  When we first moved here, David’s mother lived with us.  She is 91 years old and has Alzheimer’s.  She stayed with us until July, she stayed with us.  Until July, that was her room and that was her bathroom.  His mother has a very dynamic personality….

In the bedroom, the dark wood wardrobe and the chair, and the night table, came from a flat in England.  Pre-war era.   Those pieces were bought in Oxford to furnish the room; even when I was in that room in England, I wondered if there was something attached to the furniture.  The building was a converted nunnery, and the home owner stayed in the Mother Superior’s room.  While there, when coming out of one of the part of the building, there was a nun.  She appeared solid, and I nearly ran into her.  I said “excuse me” and as soon as I did that, she simply turned and went up the stairs.

The energy in the room, I am very surprised that it is in there.  The furniture in that room came from my mother’s room, the pictures came from my house, the picture of the Queen was painted to 1952, and it did come from England.  The bed is new…

But, we think that we know who you are speaking of….from what you are saying, I think that it is my “ex”.  He lived to party, died in 1990 (maybe 89), and had too much to drink. He got pancreas issues and multiple other problems….we went to the beach a lot, too.

Brandy:  Do you have anything in the room that belonged to him?  

Home owner:  I’m not sure, let me check. [Returned with one of two items that belonged to this individual’s parents].

The man that Mary saw may be the father of the home owner.  He had a wisp of hair that fell into his face.

The chair in the garage:  we picked it up off of the side of the road.  It has termites and it is being treated.

Front room is an area of Buddhist meditation and prayer.

Prior house had a ghost pet.

Arrow heads:  grandfather of one of the home owners had a given them to them.  From Mississippi.  

Investigation Reports:

2. What equipment did you use on this investigation?
Paranormal Puck
IR video camera
Audio recording devices

3. What phenomena did you experience on this investigation? (Please check all that apply)
Sensation of being watched
Battery drainage or power outage

4. In review of the footage, recording, or photographs taken at the location, which of the following did you find? (Please check all that apply)
No Response

5. What technical observations did you note during the investigation? For purposes of categorizing data, please post your first name, followed by your response.
Both the audio recorder and my IR digital camera, with new batteries, shut down during the investigation — battery drain. The Paranormal Puck was chattering quite a bit, despite lower EMF in the area of the living room. At one point, with the home owners present, I did ask out loud if anyone wanted to speak with us to do so through the Paranormal Puck. It actually STOPPED talking for about 10 seconds. Home owner said “It wants to be a part of the conversation”. Then the Puck started up again. This was very odd because for the time before and after the Paranormal Puck’s operation, it kept “chattering”. Even when I went in to shut it off, I discovered that it was still “talking” (I had not clicked the right button to stop the chatter). At that time, the talk was also quite consistent.

6. What sensitive observations did you note during the investigation? For purposes of categorizing data, please post your first name, followed by your response.
In the second bedroom, there was a definite energy shift — one that I have noticed before — when the message was passed on to the home owners. Energy and room felt very thick when I first went in there. At the end, it was much more open, and felt cooler. While talking to the home owners, I felt a chill on my legs. Though not a sensitive, I have noted that this often means that there is something present in the form of an animal ghost. The time was 7:10 (I wrote it down). Later, I learned that they lived in a house prior to this one where they had a ghost animal.

7. What researched/historical information did you learn about this location? For purposes of categorizing data, please post your first name, followed by your response.
Brandy: The house is new — under 2 years old. The location seems to have some historic significance which I will defer to Mary for further analysis. Reports include a Civil War cemetery in the area, 2 plantations, etc. The property that the house sits on was a field for many years.

8. Rate the level of perceived haunted activity of this location. 1 represents no activity, 5 moderate activity and 10 represents extreme activity.

9. What issues does the review team need to address with the occupant (homeowner, business owner, resident)? What aspects of the investigation need to be re-addressed, retested, or clarified?
Mary and Verna are continuing with research on the area. We are trying to determine what the gray figure might be.

10. Is there any other information that you would like to add about this investigation? For purposes of categorizing data, please post your first name, followed by your response.
No Response

Update:  1-30-13
Hello I just wanted to give you all an update. Your team visited our home in Sept 2010. We live in Parrish. We do still feel spirits in our house. Some time I smell cigerette smoke and nobody has ever smoked in this house. I have felt a hand pressing on my bed a few times. I took a photo during a new years party and saw several orbs in the photo. We also see ghost pet often. Just thought you would like to know.

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