Paranormal 101

Sunday, November 23, 2008


(Done at an investigation in Evansville)

EVP Done At An Investigation In Evansville

( Is Ashley There)

Friday, October 31, 2008

The Old Confederate Prison

What is left of the old Prison.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Sunday, June 29, 2008

The Bead Angel

August 20: Special Wednesday Night Program: 7pm sharp: SOUTHERN INDIANA PARANORMAL INVESTIGATORS Present A Return Engagement! A multi-media evening of ghost stories, pictures, Q & A, spooks and shivers. In May, they set up their equipment on 3 floors of The Bead Angel to try to record any live activity that was going on around us?orbs, entities, spirits, etcetera. They have some interesting results to share with us! They will set up equipment once again, and you can participate in trying to record EVP voice recordings! Suggested donation of $5 or more. Doors will be locked at 7pm, so please arrive before then! NOTE FOR THOSE WHO MIGHT BE 'SPOOKED'?This is NOT a séance. Have you ever watched one of those real-life 'spooky shows' on TV? Our friends from SIPI will have some of the same equipment to work with. Come and see what 'the other side' is doing in the ethers right around you! Bring your own stories and pictures to share, also!

Bead Angel

Movement upper right no cause was found for this to move.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

WNIN Channel 9 PBS

Title: WNIN Channel 9 PBS Graphs from top #1 to bottom #8 (no #3 channel)
Date: May 17-18, 2008
Researchers: Southern Indiana Paranormal Investigators and MESA
By Timothy M. Harte, MA, LCPC

WNIN PBS Radio and Telplex is located at 405 Carpenter St, Evansville. IN. Visitors
And employees have reported paranormal events there for many years. These experiences
include footsteps, babies crying unknown odors, erratic functioning of equipment, shadows and apparitions. The Southern Indiana Paranormal Investigators (SIPI) and the
Multifrequency-Energy Sensor Array (MESA) team joined to investigate the site and
record haunt phenomena. Several members experienced subjective experiences, and anomalous visible light, vibration, and magnetic fields were recorded.

The Willard Carpenter Home, located at 405 Carpenter Street, houses the offices and studios of WNIN TV and WNIN

88.3 FM.
The Willard Carpenter mansion is one of the two landmarks that are recognized as memorials to one of the city's most aggressive and influential pioneers, philanthropist Willard Carpenter. The other is Willard Library which he built, endowed and gave to the people of the area.
Construction began in 1848 on the Carpenter home and was completed in 1849. The home is one of the finest examples of pure Georgian architecture in this area. Built of brick and stone, it features a balanced facade and a classic facade over the entrance door. Its cellar walls are massive stone blocks. The outer walls of this home are solid brick. Originally, there were long, wide, two-storied porches on either side of the mansion behind the drawing rooms and filling the space of the rear portion of the house which is narrower than the front. Lawns and gardens were spacious as they were surrounded by acres of open space. Large stables and carriage houses were at the rear of the estate, with quarters for grooms and gardeners.
Indiana limestone was cut by hand to resemble stone. All materials except the bricks were brought in from Lawrenceburg, IN. The rooms have exceptionally massive baseboards of molded woodwork, and interior shutters, divided like Dutch doors, were at each window. Together with massive brick and stone exterior walls, they kept the rooms surprisingly cool during the hot Evansville summers. The wide central hall led to a cross hall behind what were a spacious drawing room and library. There were two main stairways, ascending to the second story, one in each end of the cross hall. Four large bedrooms were on the second floor. A single stairway led to the third story. Italian marble was purchased for the fireplaces which were kept burning constantly during the cold months as the house had no central heating. All furnishings for the home were purchased in Europe of New York City.
The hard times of the Depression years were to see the fine old home pass from Carpenter hands. The property was purchased by Funkhouser American Legion Post for a reputed amount of $3500-00. In 1956, they sold the property to WTVW/TV7. The TV station occupied the gymnasium (built by the American Legion) but had no use for the mansion. Owners, with reluctance, announced their plan to have it demolished. However, fate was again kind to the aged but sturdy stricture. Upon purchasing the mansion in 1974, Medco announced plans to restore the home to as close to its original condition as possible.
WTVW moved to its strikingly modern quarters on the site of the Carpenter School for which Mr. Carpenter had contributed both the land and the money. The gymnasium came down to provide off street parking. The old home was, indeed, restored. Medco stayed in the home until 1985 when it was purchased by WNIN. The Carpenter House is listed among the National Register of Historic Places. It is a large, Georgian mansion which now houses the PBS radio and television stations, studios, and offices. In 1986, WNIN purchased Evansville’s oldest building, the Willard Carpenter home, for $260,000. A $900,000 capital campaign enabled the purchase of new equipment and then the retirement of the mortgage three years later.

Two additional TV channels were added in 1991 when WNIN signed an agreement with EVSC to operate WNIN-ETV on cable channels 12 and 13. The channels were initially used as a demand system to provide video material to teachers in the classroom. The City of Evansville also provided important on-going funding to support after school and community programming.

The 1990’s also brought the addition of Descriptive Video Service, the Sesame Street Pre-School Educational Outreach Program (RTL), and the development of one of the first local community computer networks in the country. It was in 1993 that WNIN changed its corporate name to Tri-State Public Teleplex, Inc.

In 2001, the State of Indiana granted its public TV stations $20 million to assist compliance with a federal mandate for digital conversion. With its 3.5-million-dollar share, WNIN purchase 20 acres of land in Boonville for a new ‘1000 tower and transmission site to add a high definition channel, datacasting and multichannel capabilities, 5.1 digital surround audio, and Internet streaming capabilities by 2006. WNIN raised nearly $2 million in a local capital campaign to complete the conversion.

In 2005, WNIN-TV joint in a partnership with the Vanderburgh County Commission to begin live coverage of government meetings. The County purchased the necessary equipment that is operated through fiber optic lines from WNIN’s Carpenter Home headquarters and pays for each ½ hour of coverage. In 2007, the City of Evansville, joined in a similar arrangement.

WNIN FM 88.3 took a big step into radio’s digital age in 2006 with the construction of a new radio control room made possible through federal grant funds. In 2008 our name changed to WNIN Tri-State Public Media, Inc.
WNIN-TV is presently completing construction of its next generation all-digital facility that will provide the launching pad for an exciting new era of service to the Tri-State (
Previous investigations have yielded a variety of experiences. These experiences included apparitions, sensed presences, erratic functioning of equipment, and anomalous data with MESA. Previous investigations revealed cold spots, cooking food smells, footsteps, sounds of doors slamming, orbs of light on digital and film cameras, flickering lights and luminosities, electronic voice phenomena, disembodied voices, and object movement.
Method: The researchers set up MESA, infrared and low light video cameras, and 2 PZM microphones in several places on the first floor. The MESA system was set up for a 2-hour sampling period in the first floor conference room. MESA was also complemented with a 2-digital camera system connected to a magnetometer, and other equipment supplied by the Southern Indiana Paranormal Investigators, which included Vernier sensors and software ( digital still cameras, low light 8mm video cameras, and digital audio recorders.
Apparatus: The MESA computer system has been described elsewhere (Harte, Black, Hollinshead, 1999; Harte, Black, Hollinshead, & Mitchell, 2001) and this investigation will focus on anomalous results of the investigation. The researchers are primarily looking for a 7 mG change in the graphs, or other anomalous information. A sampling rate of 40 times per second was programmed, as this is the usual rate. Sound and video systems were utilized at this site. An infrared camera (Clover Electronics, and PZM (pressure zone microphone, Radio Shack) were connected to a video cassette recorder. Other low light cameras were positioned in the conference room, and at other sites within the mansion.

Site 1: Conference room (wnin1). Ch 1: Infrared light sensor: No anomalous IR light was recorded during the sampling period.

Ch2: Visible light sensor: About 100 footcandles during the sampling period. There are 3 negative spikes at 50, 58, and 73 minutes in the sampling period. These spikes are unusual for this site.

Ch 3: No sensor connected.

Ch 4: TriField Meter: 0.3 mG to 1 mG changes caused by the wiring in the room. Not unusual.

Ch 5: Vibration: 8 or more unusual events. The unusual events begin at 12 minutes into the sampling period. The other unusual events are at 16, 18, 24, 50, 72, 76, 85, and 100 minutes.

Ch 6: Static magnetic field sensor pointed WEST: 4.5 mG to 8.7 mG changes. This could cause sensed presences.

Ch 7: Static magnetic sensor pointed UP: 2.6 mG up to 7.3 mG changes. This could cause sensed presences.

Ch 8: Static magnetic sensor pointed NORTH: 4 mG up to above 12 mG changes. The first anomalous change is at 12 minutes (see Ch 5 Vibration) with other events of interest at 15, 25, 42, 50, 70, 76, 85, and 100 minutes. These types of changes signify that haunt activity is possible in this site.
Photographs: Hundreds of photographs of the teleplex were taken this evening. Several photographs reveal orbs, and shadows that seem to move to different parts of doors and hallways. This evidence must be interpreted cautiously to be anomalous, or unusual.
Video: 8mm night shot cameras, digital video cameras, and video revealed some pinlight orbs moving during the investigation. Some of these may have been caused by other equipment the researchers were utilizing at the time. Some of these were not caused by other equipment, as well.
Audio: Several researchers recorded EVPs, a few of these are very clear, and will be posted at other sites for perusal.
Subjective results: The teams experienced some sensed presences, unusual orbs on film (?), anomalous baby powder odors, sounds, and shadows moving and disappearing on several floors of the building.

The MESA Camera System: The MESA two camera system that works on a magnetometer had only one
Camera that worked the left camera took 24 photos and right camera that also went off had no photos on it
The camera was tested and is working all we can say is that it was erratic functioning of equipment.

Discussion: The results on magnetic fields, infrared light, and vibration are anomalous for this sampling period. There are also several EVPs and some video that cannot be explained. Both objective data and subjective phenomena that occurred during this investigation points to this site having haunt activity. More study needs to be done. We would especially like to Billy Miller for help and logistics during this investigation. We also want to thank Vicki and Gayla, our gracious hosts, for allowing us to conduct an investigation of the teleplex.
Harte, T.M., Black, D.L., & Hollinshead, M.T. (1999). MESA: A new configuration for measuring electromagnetic field fluctuations. Behavior Research Methods, Instruments & Computers, 31 (4), 680-683
Harte, T.M., Black, D.L., Hollinshead, M.T., & Mitchell, D.E. (2001). MESA in a haunt versus a non-haunt site. Proceedings of the 44th Annual Parapsychological Association Convention. New York, NY: Parapsychological Association.

Sunday, May 11, 2008


The Southern Indiana Paranormal Investigators will be doing an overnight investigation at channel 9 WNIN in Evansville, IN. May 17th 2008 MESA will join us on this investigation WNIN was once the home of philanthropist Willard Carpenter who built Willard Library. The last time we did an investigation there was back in 2003.

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Engelbrechts Orchard November, 28. 2007 by Jarald Denny

Jerald Denny
November 28, 2007
Investigators of the Unknown
The air was getting crisp and chilly sitting in the Willard Library parking lot. The Willard Library is an impressive building. Just standing in front of it one can almost feel the presence of history seeping out of the stone. There is no wonder why many claim that something other than patrons or caretakers walk the floors.
A car loaded with people and equipment pulls in next to my topless Jeep. William Miller steps out and introduces himself. As my instructor and guide for the night, William has been investigating paranormal activity for the past 20 years and is currently president of the Southern Indiana Paranormal Investigators. Aside from William two other individuals were in the car: Beverly Leavell, another investigator and member of the Southern Indiana Paranormal Investigators and Jack Oliver, a member of S.I.G.H.T (Scientific Investigation Ghost Hunting Team) and a paranormal talk radio host. After a brief peek inside the library, which was closing for the evening, we headed out to the location for the night’s investigation, Engelbrechts Orchard only a short drive away.
The things that go bump in the night usually leave people wondering what it is, and may be even more afraid of the answer. Paranormal investigators such as the members of the Southern Indiana Paranormal Investigators, do their best to scientifically answer such questions as: Do ghosts exist? Is my house haunted? Should I be worried? It is the investigator’s job to go into the location and assess the situation and comb through the evidence collected objectively, skeptically, and with an open mind. Which is what William and the rest of the team set out to do at Engelbrechts Orchard.
Nestled in an area between the city and the airport lies Engelbrechts Orchard complete with hay rides, fresh fruit, and a nice country store selling everything from produce to homemade salsa and candies. The surrounding property is rich in history, both native and American. The fields surrounding the orchard contain numerous burial plots, both American settlers and Native Americans.
The investigation that night centered around two distinct areas of the property. The first was the country store, where shopping carts have been said to move by themselves and lights in the basement turn on and off unexpectedly and seemingly on their own. The second location on the property that night was outside, near the actual orchards at an old oak tree, estimated to be more than 250 years old. The tree seems to be the center of a lot of paranormal activity ranging from odd images and ghostly figures on film to muffled voices talking behind your back.
Bill opened the trunk of the car. It was stuffed to the brim with tripods and bags of scientific equipment that were toted into the store for set-up. Bill started setting up two of the three tripods and mounted a board of various mounts on the tripod. After a table was set up a computer was placed on the table, and another case of sensors was opened up. A motion detector, thermometer resembling a metal rod, an ambient light sensor resembling a small glass tube, and another motion detector, all originally designed for science lab use in a university setting, were mounted onto the various mounts on the board supported on the two tripods. These were all plugged into the computer. From the computer, the area in front of the sensor array could be scrutinized for any change or anomaly in movement, temperature, or light when the array was active. Next to this an infrared light source and a video camera was set up to survey the area ahead in the event anything was to happen.
During this Jack and Beverly walked around and found the base electromagnetic field (EMF) reading with an EMF meter, typically used by electricians. The theory regarding electromagnetic fields in regards to paranormal activity basically states that when an entity is trying to do something, be it for an apparition viewable by the naked eye or even move an object, it has to draw energy from the surrounding environment and build up the energy to be able to perform such a task. This correlates with a spike, or sudden unexplainable jump in the EMF reading when the entity is present. A baseline EMF must be acquired in order to know when the EMF is above what it normally is, and if there is no other thing present that would change the EMF reading, such as electric wires or devices, there may be something paranormal present.
Jack Oliver then set up his computer that he would use later on in the night for electronic voice phenomenon work. The occurrence of electronic voice phenomenon, referred to as EVP’s, is very interesting as well as mysterious. For some reason recording devices, both digital and tape, can record sounds, including voices, not present or not detectable by the human ear. The EVP’s can range from whispering, whimpering and indiscernible noises, to even violent scenes almost like a recording of an argument or fight in the next room, or even reactions to the investigator. It is common now, when recording, trying to capture EVP’s, to ask questions to see what kind of responses are given if any.
After finding a level spot on the floor a shopping-cart was placed out along with a pumpkin marking the position of the cart. The TriField Natural EM (electro magnetic) reader was placed in view of the camera to detect any anomalies in the natural electromagnetic field around the reader, which would give out a sort of shrill as the needle moved across the dial recording a change in the EM field. This is basically the same concept of the EMF meter; however, the TriField works off of natural EM fields, such as a living body. The other tripod was set up, along with a two-camera system set off of a similar concept using natural electro magnetism to operate the shutter. A change in the natural EM, the cameras will take a picture. Setup was complete and it was time to get started investigating. The sensor array was set for an hour and Bill, Jack, and I headed to the basement area to do some EVP work.
After the recorder was flipped on, Jack started by giving an explanation of the recording device and what exactly it did to anyone who may have been listening. He then asked questions ranging from specific answers about an entity that may be present to general answers about the world. “How many spirits are here?” “What year is it?” “What is your name?” “What are our names?” “Is there anyone keeping you here?”
Jack proceeded with his questioning, leaving time in-between questions for a possible response that may be audible when the recording is replayed while Bill made vocal notes for the recording on audible background noises. Jack concluded the session with a last chance for any entity present to make contact, thanked it for its time, assuming there was something there, and switched the recorder off. Afterwards the team headed out and down to an old oak tree near the orchard bordered by fields spotted with gravesites.
The oak tree, a 250 plus year-old behemoth, dominated the sight standing over 75 feet tall. The tree seems to be a center for paranormal activity. Nearby, a bonfire burned, illuminating the area with an orange glow, and warming the cold night. The night’s paranormal investigation was informal in nature. Its purpose was to check out the site in preparation for a future investigation on a larger scale; therefore, hotdogs were roasted, taking advantage of the fire. After a few hours of picture taking, past investigation stories, and friendly conversation the team conducted another EVP session at the oak tree. The session was similar to the previous one in the basement; however, the constant noise of the highway nearby created a lot of background noise, hindering the session.
At the conclusion of the EVP session it was time to head back up to the store. Back at the store, the computer system was still taking readings. There was still a little more time to kill before the computers would be finished taking readings and measurements of the area. Bill had lost a USB cable. He had been looking for it in the store for most of the night. The cable wasn’t with the rest of his equipment on the table he had set his computer up on. The sensors shut off, but the results showed nothing had happened, which consequently meant that the cart hadn’t moved either.
Somewhat disappointed at the lack of activity, the team sat down to talk with the owners and among themselves casually. On an investigation such as this one, when the investigators are not focused on investigating is the time things start to happen. Occasionally Bill would get up and go about the room taking EMF measurements as well as temperature readings, which is a way of trying to detect the cold spots associated with paranormal activity, all while looking for his cord.
Later in the evening after Bill had quit searching for his cable, we stood around a small table in a part of the store separate from where Bill’s equipment was setup. The cord was lying right in front of him draped across a computer speaker when he realized it was right there. The event did raise some suspicion. How did the cord end up in a separate room from the other equipment hours after it had been missing? How was it just discovered on a table we had been using all night, and draped over a speaker set up after Bill had lost it? Had it been misplaced and moved, or was it something paranormal playing a little prank on Bill? The owner, laughing a little, said that things are misplaced or moved all the time around the store, but with no apparent reason or cause.
After an EVP session in a backroom and another in the basement, Jack set up his computer to listen to the night’s recordings. The analysis did not turn up much. The one possible EVP captured was an indiscernible whisper in the basement during the first EVP session.
At 12:37 am the team started tearing down, packing up the equipment, and loading up the car at the store. When the car was packed, the team and I headed back down to the oak tree to watch the fire die and have one last look around.
The clouds had cleared up quite a bit since the last time we were down there. The moon, surrounded by clouds the previous time, now illuminated the whole area in a white light. The temperature had dropped, the dust floating around in the air, which spotted up my pictures before, had subsided along with the traffic from the highway. It was still and quiet.
As I was commenting on the change I turned to face the rest of a group. I was interrupted by the sound of someone walking away from behind Jack and Bill, who had their backs turned to the oak tree. Since Beverly and myself, the only other people with them, were in front of Jack and Bill, they turned to see who was behind them. The footsteps quickened and rounded behind the giant tree, but further investigation, including circling the tree and searching a small radius of the area, revealed no one other than the four of us around.
It was much like the concept Bill had explained to me earlier. When you’re not paying attention to ghost hunting, that’s when things happen, which was true in this case. Paranormal investigators need to stay alert and pay attention to what is going on around them, especially when the group’s attention isn’t on the investigation.
When the fire had died down we loaded the cooler, leftovers, and trash in the car. We then departed with Bill, Jack, and Beverly in Beverly’s car and me in my Jeep. As I left I almost expected to see the form of an Indian chief next to the tree illuminated in the moonlight. It was a cold drive back to my apartment, but I didn’t mind. The night went very well and I learned a lot. Scientifically investigating the paranormal involves a great deal of work. Investigators are dedicated and passionate about their work, finding the unknown and trying to document scientific evidence of something in the realm outside of our existence.
Whether or not the Engelbrechts Orchard is haunted is up to you. The night’s investigation didn’t come up with anything significant. I encourage you to visit sometime. The cider I brought home with me was absolutely delicious. If you are having ghost issues I also encourage you to contact the Southern Indiana Paranormal Investigators. If the paranormal interests you I suggest you learn more. It is a fascinating subject that still has a lot to be discovered and documented.