Sage Paracon 2017 – Warwick Castle Investigation

Sage Paracon 2017 – Warwick Castle Investigation

Some Thanks First

I want to first say a massive thank you to Jo Woolley for inviting me along with her to investigate Warwick Castle as a part of the kick off for this years Sage Paracon. Jo was lucky enough to win two tickets to the overnight investigation of Warwick Castle about a week before the event.

Due to my personal commitments I couldn’t make the entire weekend this year and in all honesty I was probably in a slight para-sulk because I was going to miss out. For me it wasn’t just the chance to stay at Warwick Castle all weekend, meet and talk to a number of big names in the paranormal field, but also that I wouldn’t have my annual catch up with some great friends that I have met over the years.

I also want to take this opportunity to thank MJ Dickson, as ever she has worked really hard to deliver a fantastic event. Overcoming many challenges along the way.

Enough of all that emotional hugging, let’s get knee-deep into this awesome investigation.

Gathering in the Undercroft

Our evening began with us all meeting up in the Undercroft Restaurant area of Warwick Castle, as this would be our base for the night. Most of the group were staying in the near by Knights Village, which is a beautiful spot in the woods along the river. A mixture of beautiful wood cabins and medieval glamping tents makes the Knights Village an excellent place to stay. Especially if you happen to find yourself investigating the historic Warwick Castle too.

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As the gathering of paranormal investigators grew, we were joined by many of the guest speakers too. During the investigation the guest speakers were in various locations around the Castle and in groups we would move between these in order to experience the varying locations and different styles that they each had in regards to the paranormal.

This was also an excellent time to catch up with old friends, make new ones and this time  round say hello to a couple of my actual family. My cousin, Medium Clare Hinks was a guest speaker at this years Sage Paracon UK 2017. It was amazing to catch up briefly with her and her husband Richard whilst we waited to begin our investigation.

After a short wait MJ placed the investigators in groups and started to send us off to our first location with our first guest speaker. As my cousin headed off to the Kenilworth Room with Robert Murch to play with Ouija Boards, I took my place in a group with Richard. After all this was Richards first ever overnight investigation and what a way to start.

The Stonemasons Den with Brian J Cano

The first area that my group headed to was an area of the Castle called the Kingmaker Area and our for this area we would be with Haunted Collectors Brian J Cano. Brian is a fantastic investigator, that I first met back in 2014 and I soon realised there was more to him than what you see on the TV. Actually a hell of a lot more. I really enjoy Brian’s approach to investigation too.

We kicked things off by walking around the area to find anything that may pick up our focus. Straight off, Paula and Wayne believed they saw a light anomaly float towards the stairs near the map of the UK. I have a feeling that they may have caught it on film, but I’m not sure.

After a little while the whole team gathered in the Stonemasons Den with Brian to work as a group together. Brian had us stand in a circle so that we could give a group EVP session a go. Now what I found fantastic here is that Brian took the time to explain the EVP concept for people new to investigations, like Richard. He also told us better ways to perform the session rather than a clinical approach, which just isn’t a natural conversation.

Brian began to record and we each asked a question in turn around the circle. As we did so we tagged any noises too, including the chiming church bells towards the end. Once completed Brian plugged in a handy speaker and we reviewed the audio for possible oddities.

First up was a slightly breathy voice, but this was a little bit of a stretch and if in doubt ‘chuck it out’ right.

However it wasn’t long before we realised that we had captured something odd. Just before Amelia asked her question, there was quite a clear ‘two’ that could be heard. After further review this did sound a little like a sequence of numbers too, possibly like ‘4 3 2..’.

We followed up our EVP session with a little bit of pendulum work. Now I am going to just put this out there, as I have a funny feeling that the launch of the new Apple iPhone may have influenced our possible communication with spirits. Brian decided to use his Apple earphones as a pendulum on this occasion, which was interesting. That said the session did yield some interesting responses. We established a ‘yes’ and ‘no’ before proceeding to ask a few simple questions.

Whatever was communicating through this setup seemed to associate itself with he numbers captured in the EVP. We then tried to establish the location of our communicator and oddly this was confirmed to be with John Zaffis. Brian then decided to try and send the word ‘stab’ back to John as he would most likely be using the Echovox.

As we came towards the end of our session with Brian we decided to give the Psychic Projection Experiment a try. Once again Brian explained this experiment in good detail for those new to it. We actually tried this twice. On the first pass, we focused on the recording device using the word ‘stab’ and on the second pass we used the word ‘believe’. Unfortunately on these occasions the words didn’t appear on the device. This is an excellent little experiment, which is so quick that I think we should be trying it more and documenting it too. At least the circumstances in order to understand why it may work and why it doesn’t.

After a fantastic start to our nights investigation, we headed back to the base room for some refreshments, before moving on.

The Music Room with John Zaffis

Next up we headed to the Music room with the ‘Godfather’ of the paranormal, John Zaffis. John has forty plus years experience in the paranormal field and has studied under his aunt and uncle; Ed and Lorraine Warren.

We setup in the Music room by sitting pretty much in a circle near the piano. John kicked things off with an Echovox (I think, I didn’t get a great look at the app) session, but what I found quite interesting was the way in which John communicated with this ITC app. I have seen many use various ITC apps in the field used, but often investigators will pose more clinical questions. However John pretty much spoke to the app as you would a normal person, responding to its answers and attempting to keep the flow of the conversation going.

A few times whilst using this the name ‘Ed’ could be heard too, which was very interesting. Especially as John would respond by asking him to let others come through.

However it wasn’t long before the focus of this session was gained. Richard picked up on the name ‘Robert’, which John confirmed as being picked up by a previous group too. As we asked questions, we seemed to establish that possibly Robert may have been gay, but had to hide this from everyone. It was possible that he was a member of the family that resided at Warwick Castle, but this was a little vague to be fair. We did establish perhaps that Robert was stood in the corner of the room behind Richard and I.

We done our best as a group with John’s assistance to continue communication with Robert and other spirits by using classic knocks for positive and negative response.

I time with John passed at speed and before we knew it we were heading back to the base room wondering where we would be heading next.

The Bear Tower with Greg Lawson

Our next location was the Bear Tower with Greg Lawson, which was going to be an odd one of course. Simply because the Bear Tower is one small room above a large pit. Plus I also knew we would be in for a treat as Greg’s approach is a little different.

After a brief discussion outside the tower, Greg lead us inside and advised us to read the three pieces of information on the walls. As I stood there I found myself wondering about more than paranormal aspects, but the historical back stories that related to them; just like Greg had mentioned.

Then Greg took the rest of the group outside for a few minutes and left three of us in there alone in the dark. Oddly Danny, Amelia and I seemed quite at home in there, so I decided to ask them both what they were feeling. Which was interesting. Some relating to the probable history of the location, but otherwise certainly not too scary.

When Greg returned with the rest of the group I communicated that I was finding myself questioning what we were presented with, the evidence so to speak wasn’t quite right. Greg continued to tell us of how he had spoken with Frank Cinelli about various things which had lead to his own re-evaluations of how he looked at the paranormal. Something which places us as probable important elements within the paranormal experience. An approach which I totally agree with, as without an observer we must question if the activity ever occurred in the first place. Its the old; if a tree fell in the woods without anyone around would it make a sound analogy.

This questioning of the facts lead us to grab a torch and peer into the pit below us to at least quantify that it was bigger enough to house bears. Which it was, but it was evident from all this that where we stood was more like a gallery area with the bears below. Still I wanted to understand more about this area in order to tie in any probable paranormal elements.

Closure of the Bear Tower vigil came around far too quickly for me as I was getting into research analysis mode. So, I would just like to stop here and thank Greg for reminding me of the importance of following the facts.

Debunking a Strange Light with Carl Hutchinson

When I returned to the base room I bumped into Carl Hutchinson, who asked me to take a look at a couple of pictures he had taken in the courtyard of the castle. In these pictures there was a odd looking little light and in the Live Photos the light danced around like it was alive.

Carl instantly knew that it was something to do with the Apple iPhone (seriously this post isn’t sponsored by Apple) that was causing the oddity, but wondered if I had ever seen something like it.

Weirdly I actually had looked into recently as I had been sent a picture by someone that featured this very strange light. It’s a blue colour around the middle of the picture below.

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Also seen in this picture too.

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After receiving these I too like Carl thought they were a technical issue and soon concluded it to be so. This was proven though when Francesca Chiorando (Access All Areas) posted a beautiful picture on Facebook of the sun breaking through into the dark wood. Sure enough in the picture was that little blue light again.

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However this wasn’t quite enough for Carl and I we had to go through the recreate process to ensure that this was a phone fault and that we weren’t seeing some kind of weird supernatural animal. So, I headed back out into the Castle courtyard to see if I could create a little blue light of my own.

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Turns out that whilst you take a photo in low light scenarios like this and when the phone is slightly angled the small little light appears. It also seems that once the little light falls into the focus box this becomes more prominent. Tech issue for sure, debunked!

It’s fantastic to catch up and chat about stuff like this with Carl again.

 

The Chapel with Jeff Belanger

My groups next location was to be the Chapel with Ghost Adventures and prolific paranormal author Jeff Belanger. We began by discussing a little of this areas history and sharing some of Jeff’s candy corn. I’m still not sure whether accepting candy from Jeff was a good idea, especially given that it was a little addictive and full of sugar. Still thank you Jeff for the candy. Yes I am aware we call them sweets in the UK, but when in Rome.

The actual front of the Chapel wasn’t accessible, but Jeff explained how the motion sensors had triggered the alarms earlier even though there was no one there. As we all discussed this we theorised the possibility that the IR lights from the teams cameras may have set off the motion detectors. Shame we couldn’t test the theory.

Oddly or not so oddly the Chapel was relatively calming for me, well up until Wayne started using a FLIR device. As he scanned the device around the room identifying the various temperatures he discovered something a little odd. There appeared to be a warm patch on the floor registering around 22 degrees. What was particularly interesting is that this warm patch on the floor just wouldn’t dissipate. We tried comparisons by having one of the group sit near by to the patch. After they moved their heat signature soon dissipated. There also didn’t appear to be any light shining into the room that could cause it. It was certainly odd and we struggled to define an explanation.

Now unfortunately we don’t know if this appeared whilst we were there or if it was always there. So, understanding more about it is difficult. Still very interesting though.

Over the weekend this played on my mind a little and one possibility could be that this particular patch of flooring was more shiny than the rest. Thus the FLIR was bouncing back creating a false reading. I seem to recall reading about such a thing previously where during an investigation a false reading was picked up from a mirror, which in the dark wasn’t identified as such.

We all headed back to the base ready for our final location of the night.

The Kenilworth Room with Robert Murch, Nikki Folsom and Clare Hinks

The Kenilworth Room is best known and mentioned several times by me on this very website. Especially due to its connections Aleister Crowley and that very strange photo that MJ took in the room too. Its a part of Warwick Castle that has never really let us down activity wise and holds a certain fascination for me.

As ever our journey to the room was lead by one of the guest speakers, Robert Murch. We walked up stairs, along a corridor, into one of the bedrooms, past a few manikins and then along a long small passageway above the banquet hall to the room. As I stepped into the dark wood panelled room I noticed that my cousin Medium Clare Hinks was playing with a Ouija Board.

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Robert quickly filled us in on some what had already occurred and then a little about the board. Then he invited some of us to join him and Clare on the board. I jumped at the chance of course.

As we played on the board listening to Roberts instructions, some information came through. A little perhaps related to Crowley, a little perhaps related to the resurrection ritual which is reported to have taken place there and other information related to those in the room.

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Many of us including Robert, MJ, Clare, others in the room, on the board and I asked questions and the board appeared to respond. Obviously there are a whole lot of probable reasons why Ouija Boards work, but in situations like this I often find it best to go with it and simply see what happens. I often see divination tools such as this as a kind of link to the unconscious.

After a short while many of the large group that had gathered in the room decided to head down to the dungeons. However on this occasion I decided to remain and work with my cousin on the board a little more. We were also joined by Nikki Folsom and on occasion Robert too.

There was some interesting information coming through board associated possibly to the location. However all of a sudden communication just a appeared to stop! We tried a few things, but still the connection remained absent. Then weirdly we began to receive a little information. I think it was fair to say that at this point both Clare and I may have recognised our spirit communicator. This was confirmed shortly when the board spelt out ‘H W Knibb’. This was our grandfather and in all fairness not the first time he’s turned up during an investigation.

Obviously there’s a distinct possibility that as we were both on the board our unconscious minds directed the planchet towards someone that has passed and connects us both. In all honesty, however it worked it was a really nice way to finish the night. If it was truly his spirit letting us know he is about, then that in itself is good to know.

In a flash it was over…

As many investigations for me, Warwick Castle flew by, but for all the right reasons. The location is undoubtedly haunted in some way, a location like it that houses so much history and still today has an abundance of visitors, really has to have something paranormal about it.

It was great to visit a few different locations from my last investigation of the castle, but also fantastic to return my very favourite room; the Kenilworth Room. As ever Mj’s setup of the investigation giving us access to the various guest speakers during the night, was spot on and enjoyed by all that attended.

This year saw pretty much completely different approaches from all the guest speakers too in the various locations. There was EVP, Psychic Projection, Pendulum Work, ITC, classical knock communication, analysing what you do and don’t know, adding yourself into the equation, looking at the history, debunking, looking at all possibilities and communicating through the Ouija Board.

To be quite frank there are not many investigation events out there that give you this many paranormal celebrities, techniques, approaches and all in a fantastic location such as Warwick Castle.

As far as paranormal events go, in my opinion this was a ten out of ten.

A Little Thanks

I would just like to say a massive thank you to MJ Dickson for putting the whole thing together, great job. I would also like to thank all the guest speakers that helped make this night a fantastic experience all the way through. So, in no particular order Brian J Cano, John Zaffis, Greg Lawson, Jeff Belanger, Robert Murch, Nikki Folsom and Clare Hinks; thank you all and great job guys.

Lastly, thank you to everyone that attended, what a great bunch of people you are. I believe MJ calls you all the Sage Tribe.

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Fort Horsted with Marc Richardson’s Paranormal Radio Show Team

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Marc and the Paranormal Radio Show Team

After my usual experience with the ever so slightly annoying M25 motorway I finally arrived at Fort Horsted and only a few minutes late, which wasn’t bad going considering the Sat Nav had told me I would be at least thirty minutes late! 

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The Main Tunnel

As usual the HQ for the evenings investigation was Room 51 and once we had all settled in; generally this means checking, comparing your equipment with others and grabbing that all important first cup of coffee, we received a brief talk on the location. These days an introduction talk at a location is somewhat becoming the normality, especially with the high focus on health and safety. However I have to admit the Fort Horsted ‘talk’ has become hands down, one of the most entertaining ones I have experienced to date. We laughed, we learnt and all understood the serious nature of keeping safe thanks to Paul’s excellent delivery and clear understanding of comedy. 

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Fort Horsted – Emergency Plan

We all started our evening knowing categorically that the biscuits, may contain biscuits! Plus an old slightly derelict Fort may contain trip hazards in the dark. I wonder if I could incorporate this approach into my day jobs manual handling talk?

Paul also showed us a photograph taken by one team at the Fort which included a spooky extra, though difficult to say for sure how paranormal it was, the picture was certainly interesting. 

Following Paul, tough act to follow, the Paranormal Radio Show Team advised us on how the investigation would be approached. Which basically was along the concept of a few main areas that we had access to for the night; Room 10 area, Room 36 area, Casement 26 and Room 14 area. 

The team for the night was made up of a few people from different teams, which in all honesty is fast becoming my favourite way to investigate purely because it encourages excellent cooperation between more in the field. Something that many of you know is close to my heart, but this isn’t a soap box moment, so lets move quickly on. 

There was of course Medium Marc Richardson and the Paranormal Radio Show Team, Mel, Lucy and Loz too. Then there was the GCUK Team made up of Rachael, Amanda, Danielle and Stuart. There was also Paddy, Sue, Vicky, Jacqueline and Nicola. I would just like to say for all those I had met previously, it was great to see you again. For those that I met for the first time, as ever its fantastic to make to new contacts within the field. 

So without further a do, we all hit the Fort for a walk around with Marc. 

Location Tour with the Whole Team

We truly began our nights investigation with a walk around as a whole team to view the main areas available to us. 

This covered the Room 10 area and those spiders that often get a mention. In fact during my last visit back in March with Sage Paranormal’s D-Day Tour and Brian J Cano, the little spiders were a tad elusive. However this time around they were out in force and some were positioned in some places which you felt you needed to keep an eye on. Something which is a little difficult when its so dark you can’t see your hand in front of your face. 

That said these little creatures are actually really amazing and in this environment almost beautiful in a way. Granted their little bodies glistened in the light like the creature from the Aliens movie, but they captured our attention for a little while that’s for sure. Sometimes when you visit so many historic locations in search of ghosts and spirits, you miss what’s living there and the very point of paranormal investigaiton is to seek out the answer to the survival hypothesis, but its like that the answer equally lies in life itself. 

We moved on from Room 10 and across to Room 36 and its adjacent tunnel. Room 36 was again another pitch black location, but this one had a table and chairs setup in it and has been a good location for seance and glass work in the past. Marc advised that the tunnel ajacent to Room 36 had a good energy and he heard a voice and whistling. An area which should be good later on. 

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Casement 26

Next stop was Casement 26, which meant a long decent under the moat I believe. Just to place it into perspective, if you had to walk up and down these steps on a regular basis then you could certainly cancel your Gym membership. During our visit to Casement 26 Marc picked up on a number of things in the area. A couple of the team managed to take a few interesting pictures too. My ‘on the fly’ analysis of the photos make me believe that one may have been slight digitisation when the photo was taken and the other possibly a close up of dust or moisture in the air. However this was my quick look at the photos and as ever there could be other explanations for these. After all at the point when one photo was taken, Tommy (Marc’s spirit guide) was advising when to take the photo. Sometimes you have to zoom out and analyse the bigger picture, so to speak. 

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The Stairs to Casement 26

In one of the rooms in Casement 26 we all held hands in a circle and Marc attempted to communicate with the localised spirits. There were a couple of interesting points during this session; one being the distinctive sound of footsteps (boots) and the other was the fact that we all turned and looked at the door at the same time for no reason. 

Lastly after another long trek up and down the steps from Casement 26, we headed down the tunnel to the area near Room 14. At this point most of the group headed upstairs to the room. As they did I asked Mark what he had picked up on here, which he replied with a description similar to that which I heard during my last visit. These cross-overs always interest me. 

Finally we headed back for a break, well deserved and to re-group before heading out on our first vigils. 

Room 36 and Tunnel

Our first vigil of the night took us back to Room 36 and the adjacent tunnel. We all started off in the room, with most of the team sat around the table attempting to communicate to spirits using glass divination. However at the time this didn’t seem to be working, so the group attempted a little table tipping instead. 

During the most of this Marc, Mel and Lucy were with us, but after a while they went to investigate the nearby tunnel. 

The table tipping didn’t appear to actuate into much, although a few of the group believed they felt the table was kind of vibrating in a way. This was something I equally felt albeit extremely lightly. 

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THe Tunnels of Fort Hosted

Whilst Marc, Mel and Lucy were off in the tunnel they had three items thrown at them; a tea light candle, small stone and what looked like a piece of ceremic. When they viewed these items through their phone camera FLIR attachment, the items all appeared to be as hot as a human hand. I believe that Lucy may have even mentioned that one of the objects might have been warm when she first touched it. We later looked at this and sure enough all three objects appeared to show as warm on the FLIR, but we soon realised a possible problem with this. Something I am sure I have heard mentioned previously and that’s the fact that often more shiny objects can reflect the FLIR giving off a false reading. We tested this on all these objects which sure enough all appeared warm on the FLIR, but were cool to touch. 

This would become the subject of a slight debate between Lucy and I for the evening. This by the way is a good thing, after all we should question everything, but equally all theory must have supporting evidence. So, we set about looking at this problem. My theory was that reflective items like these, mirrors and coins would indeed show as warm when they weren’t. However I would have to prove this. Love a challenge. 

Before heading back we all spent a little time in the tunnel and Marc was picking up on a voice near by, which at one point another team member believed they heard something too. What was very evident and would make it difficult to conduct audio experiments there was how you could literally talk at one end of the tunnel and it would be echoed exactly at the other end. Often a few were caught out by this believing that they heard a voice. 

As the rest of the group headed back Lucy advised me that she had seen a large fluctuation at the entrance of the tunnel on the KII meter there earlier. We took a look with my MEL Meter, but their wasn’t any activity at the time. Once again we fired up another debate, this time regarding how mobile phone checking with the nearest towers can make the KII flicker. However its highly possible that any nearby phones were in flight mode or too far away to interact with the KII. This also appeared to occur a couple of times on the way back to our HQ too, so although my explanation is relevant, it may not be the cause on this occasion. These fluctuations remain unexplained, but only because under those circumstances at that time I couldn’t 100% prove my phone theory as the cause. Sometimes science does hold an explanation, but if we cant equally utilise that explanation to prove the paranormal event, then we must keep looking. 

Room 10

After a good break the whole group headed across to Room 10, the Spider nest! After we admired the spiders we all stood in a circle in one of the rooms on the right. With all the lights out this area was pitch black and could be a little unnerving. 

In fact it wasn’t long before many of the group were experiencing something or picking up something. Once again proof that sensory deprivation may indeed heighten our psychical ability. 

Even I had the feeling that there were a few additional energies with us in that little room. At one point a ten pence piece appeared to be thrown into the circle too. This would give us four thrown objects or apports for the night, which is a great effort. 

As the session moved forward the attention seemed focused around where Rachael was stood. Some even believed they heard a growl at times. In order to return some balance and also becloser to the action Marc moved over to stand next to Rachael. 

Following this the energy appeared to move around the circle, with a couple us seeing shadow movement at one end of the circle when Mel was using the FLIR. However towards the end of the vigil the energy moved towards me. At this point Paddy told the group that he could see a kind of blue light coming from me. What Paddy didn’t know was when he said this I was actually getting random words in my head. This then changed to a weird feeling almost like pins and needles down one side of my face, literally as I began to feel this and was about to mention it, Marc asked about it! Now that’s pretty damn paranormal right? 

Question then becomes; did Marc and Paddy both telepathically understand what was occuring to me or did spirit communicate it to them. These are the questions that keep me up at night. Although telepathic interaction is the most likely logical explanation, its still as unproven as mediumship according to mainstream science. Certainly the possibility of experimentation ahead on this one. 

Room 14

We then headed directly to Room 14, climbing the stairs which are very steep by the way. This was also where we were treated by the Batman. Okay it was a little bat just hanging around as they do. Again though it drew our attention briefly away from the search for those that have passed back to the living. Many of us took photos of the little guy, but apparently he’s not too keen on having he’s temperature taken by an IR thermometer. As he flew off, both Loz and I decided to do ski impressions honest! It was purely coincidental and not because we thought a bat might suddenly attack us. 

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The Batman

So, with the bat out of the picture we attempted a little table tipping using Paddy’s purpose build table. It was a little slow going, but after a while the table lifted on one side ever so slightly. Nothing like the Royal Oak, where a table walked out of the door on me once, clearly something I said, but still interesting. 

After this the room seemed a little dead, pardon the pun. So we decided to call it a night and regroup back at our HQ before heading home. 

Round Up

All in all this was a great investigation, with some fantastic people at a location that is heading up my favourites list at dramatic speed. Somewhere I would like to investigate again for certain. 

The team were great too, with an excellent mix of individuals that were a pleasure to investigate with. 

The investigation certainly delivered some interesting activity, both physical and psychical too. It’s always good when you can leave somewhere with your own unexplained personal experience too. Although I have a funny feeling I wasn’t quite alone in that respect when leaving Fort Horsted. 

Oh yes, that FLIR debate with Lucy. Well in order to try and prove the theory it was suggested we left a fifty pence coin on the concrete floor in the main tunnel whilst on our final couple of vigils. When we returned sure enough the coin showed as warm on the FLIR. It was of course not warm at all and certainly not the same temperature as say our hands. We also used an IR thermometer to measure the floor temp and that of the coin (on and off the floor). They matched. This in my mind proves the theory that objects with a smooth or reflective surface are likely to bounce back causing false measurement. Debunked Lucy! 

If you have any info on the FLIR attachments for smartphones regarding this, please feel free to share. 

Still Fort Horsted was an excellent location to investigate and once again I was lucky to investigate with some great people, thank you all. 

Special thanks to Marc, Mel, Lucy and Loz from the Paranormal Radio Show Team – follow them on twitter @prslive and catch their show every Wednesday at 9pm on Spreaker. 

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Fort Widley with Brian J Cano and Sage Paranormal – The D-Day Tour

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Sage Paranormal’s D-Day Tour with Brian J Cano

The D-Day Tour with Brian J Cano

This exclusive tour of three amazing haunted locations was put together by Sage Paranormal who worked extremely hard to book these locations and also manage to get Brian J Cano from across the pond into the UK. I think what’s also really important to note here is that given the locations, the presence of Brian J Cano and that there were limited numbers; for the price this was excellent value. Often with events such as these the numbers can be upwards of thirty guests attending and this in my opinion can simply ruin a good ghost hunt. Too many numbers equals too much location contamination and not enough of the hosts and special guests to go around.

Virtual hat tip to MJ Dickson and the Sage Paranormal team for putting together such a good package for a reasonable price.

Also, big thank you to Brian J Cano for coming over to the UK and making this such a unique event.

As you can see from the Sage Paranormal advert, the tour hit three amazing locations from the 3rd March to 8th March. Starting with Fort Horsted in Kent, then one of my favourites The Explosions Museum in Gosport and finishing up at Fort Widley in Portsmouth. Now that I have been to all three locations I can happily state that they are each well worth a visit, from a historical point of view and not just because they are all pretty cool. The Explosions Museum has also been a location I’ve returned to and never come away disappointed. The other two were equally interesting and I would certainly return at some point.

Fort Widley Tour

Once we had all arrived and settled in we began with a tour of the areas of the Fort that we would be investigating. However what was apparent early on was that once again Sage Paranormal had done an excellent job in not flooding the event with guests and this would in turn help change the event into more of a team investigation. Often this can change the entire night, especially for those that have some experience investigating. On this occasion everyone apart from me had attended the previous two D-Day Tour investigations and had become an excellent team.
We left the large meeting room that we used for our HQ on this occasion and descended the near by staircase to the lower lever and entrance to the tunnels we would be investigating. MJ guided us along the first tunnel all the way into where the spiral staircase ascended towards the parade ground. At this point we all familiarised ourselves with how sound travelled around this part of the location. Suffice to say it wasn’t exactly how you may think and perhaps could easily be mistaken for paranormal activity on occasion. From there we headed down the North tunnel to explore and familiarise ourselves with the location. The tunnel opened out into a vast area at the end, with two levels. We looked around and quickly identified where the area was exposed to the elements. It was certainly going to be a chilly investigation that was for sure.

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The North Caponier

It was certainly an interesting area and we were looking forward to investigating it, so we headed back up towards the centre spiral staircase.

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The Spiral Staircase to the Parade Ground

On this occasion we couldn’t venture down the east tunnel as this was blocked off for use by the local emergency services. As time was ticking away from us we left the tour of the west tunnel too and returned to the HQ too.

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The Fort Widley Team

It was time to regroup over a hot drink and grab a radiator to warm us up a little. Brian J Cano took the opportunity to jump onto Facebook Live and introduce us all to the world. I’ll let you search Facebook for that particular video. Not only does it introduce our team brilliantly, but it also showcases a very special impression that shouldn’t be missed. There’s also an important announcement from MJ and Brian regarding the Sage Paracon 2017, which sounds epic.

EVP in the North Caponier

Our first vigil took the whole team down to the far North Caponier to investigate and conduct a full team EVP session. Its odd, but when you make the walk down to this location you really begin to realise the truth size of the area under investigation. I also couldn’t help think if the walk through the tunnels could also be an attributing factor to some of the paranormal activity experienced at the location. Whether this was psychological due to the environment and its history; or perhaps the underground element in the dark which caused a little sensory deprivation could increase our ability to connect with whatever was there. Either way it certainly added to the experience as a whole.

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The North Caponier

Once we arrived in the North Caponier we setup on the second floor and most of the team sat on a few available chairs there in a circle. It was clear to see how far the group had come by this point too as they operated like a well oiled machine, many of them with their Digital Voice Recorders and MEL Meters ready to go before the last of us settled.

For this particular session we would once again attempt to work as group and each ask a question, which I believe was prompted by Brian J Cano by means of a quick shine of the torch.

However this again highlighted how far the team had come in such a short space of time. Rather than the mixed bag and random untagged noises, the group tagged both noises they made and ones that could be heard externally too. Impressive work guys.

As ever MJ listened live, but I noticed a couple of others were also trying this out too. Once we had been around the circle we listened back to the recording using a speaker. We identified a few minor oddities, but nothing that was particularly crystal clear or significant. Although it did seem to show some responses to our questions at times. During this MJ swapped her seat with another of the team and was filming the area a little.

This was also when we seemed to experience a little battery drain on a few devices, which occurred at the same time that some of the group saw a few light anomalies. Light anomalies and battery drain was also confirmed as something that had occurred previously when MJ’s team had investigated Fort Widley.

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Brian J Cano leaves the North Caponier

With batteries draining, the cold creeping in and time running away from us we headed back to our HQ to warm up and take a break.

Duel Blind Spirit Box Experiment

Following our break Brian and MJ came up with the idea to run an experiment based on the use of the Spirit Box. For this experiment they would require two volunteers, so Victoria and I of course volunteered.

Basically for the experiment two of us would listen to the same spirit box device using headphones. Whilst we did this it would be hard to hear the questions being asked. Actually with the white noise in between music and voice, it was near on impossible to hear the questions being asked.

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The Duel Spirit Box Experiment

Once the question was asked, indicated by a torch-light being shone on the table in front of us, each of us would note down what we heard from the Spirit Box. When the torch was shone on the table again, we would draw a line under what we had written in order to separate the questions.

We settled in and started the experiment. Noting down anything that made sense from the Spirit Box. Although there was a lot of white noise and music rather than actual words to begin with. Meanwhile MJ and Brian asked ten questions.

Once the ten questions had been asked, it was pens down and earphones off, nothing like an exam honestly.

We then compared the answers we had to the questions that were asked looking for specific matches and not things that could fit. Unsurprisingly none of our ten answers really matched the questions asked. Interestingly few of our answers matched either, with possibly an average of one word per question.

This really poses the question, do we often attempt to fit what we might be hearing from devices like the Spirit Box to the questions that we are asking?

Duel Blind Spirit Box Experiment with One in the Tunnel

Not content with our first experiment as a one-off, we decided to retry it. After all in order to properly experiment you need to repeat it over a few trials to understand things properly. Obviously during an investigation at a location that’s often not that easy, as time is against you and you’re there to experience the location more so.

However, on this occasion we decided to run the experiment again with both me and Victoria in the HQ. However this time around we placed the Spirit Box into a Faraday Bag and also sent Jo down the tunnel with the rest of the team to attempt it from there with a different Spirit Box.

Although these additional elements in effect change the entire experiment, it gives us a different perspective to work with. After all this is an experiment which we could run from home rather than on location in reality. Still its good to get the old grey cells working.

Once setup with our walkie talkies relaying question changes to Jo in the tunnel, we began again with Brian asking the ten questions. Again shining the torch in front of Victoria and I each time the question changed.

Interestingly on this occasion I heard what sounded like physical taps on the earphones. It’s fair to say once again none of the answers from Victoria and I matched the questions, but Jo had at least one which came very close. Also, less of the words that Victoria and I heard matched up this time around. Oddly what I heard and noted down although there were gaps of white noise and music between them seemed to create sentences. Ok, not perfect English sentences, but pretty close.

For example; ‘After drug way happy’, ‘Tell him 34 paint’, ‘its a boy’, ‘Tim leave’.

Now these didn’t match the questions, but were amusing to read out loud to the group, including my personal favourite (thanks Spirit Box); ‘Airport naked bounce’.

Its interesting too how we often look for patterns and familiarity in everything too. I even found myself trying to fit those answers with the questions, previous and after the one they related to.

West Tunnel ITC Apps

Our next vigil took us down the West tunnel, where on route some of the group found a swastika with the initials AH and a possible date protected by some perspex. We decided that this may be a good place to attempt a little communication. This time Brian J Cano used the iPad ITC Apps.

As previously at Fort Horsted we came up with a password, which I think was ‘tunnel’, but MJ had also written some words down in HQ before we headed out.

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Wall Art in the West Tunnel

To begin with the Apps iOvilus and EchoVox gave us quite a few random words and sounds, some of which could be associated to the location and the communication we were attempting. However they were reluctant to deliver the password. That changed about ten or so minutes in, when a few of us (including me) heard the word ‘tunnel’. Was this a random occurrence or was spirit communicating through these apps? In all honesty, for me I still need to play around with these apps a little more and perhaps understand more how they work. That said if you can obtain some kind of communication in relation to other recorded changes, that would be quite interesting.

The Apps certainly delivered some interesting and varied communication which could be related to the tunnel or indeed the use of the tunnel or location.

Singapore Theory Experiment

As our time at Fort Widley was drawing to a close, we decided to finish on a high and attempt a Singapore Experiment around the spiral staircase area of the tunnels. This would be a location where many would have passed through on their way to various parts of the Fort. Little did I know that I was about to tap into the inner Sargent Major in me.

In order to attempt this version of the experiment we recorded the sound of an air raid siren and would utilise this to hopefully ‘stir up’ activity a little. As the siren played out through the tunnels I would circle the staircase shouting orders as if I was ordering the soldiers to take up their positions. Whilst I done this the rest of the team would setup around the entrances to the various tunnels using devices to capture audio and detect changes in the EM field.

Oddly as I took on the role of a military man shouting orders I have to admit it did feel a little weird to say the least. Once completed we regrouped to see if anything had been captured.

Unfortunately there hadn’t been anything seen on the devices monitoring EM fields or movement, but MJ managed to capture a short EVP following my reference to ‘Smithy’ as walked around the spiral staircase. I’m not going to say what we believe was captured as I have added the clip below for you to listen to. It’s a little enhanced, as this particular recording was recorded when MJ played what she captured on her device. Basically I have brought the volume levels up, but not cleaned it up. Please feel free to comment on what you believe you hear and if you hear nothing say so as that’s equally valid.
Once we had run through the clip a couple of times and I was suitably embarrassed by my poor impression of an officer, we decided to head back to the HQ as our time at Fort Widley had come to an end.

Round Up

Fort Widley was another fantastic location which I would love to return to for another investigation in the future. Sage Paranormal and Brian J Cano delivered an excellent investigation experience which on this occasion allowed for a little outside the normal approaches. It’s good to see a more involved event rather than a kind of ghost tour. Great work guys, I look forward to the next time I can join you on an investigation.

It was clear from talking to others in the team that the D-Day Tour hadn’t just been three events over less than a week, they had been a learning experience thanks to MJ’s and Brian’s approach. From Fort Horsted to Fort Widley the group had grown and learnt a lot, each becoming excellent investigators.

Fort Widley had delivered some interesting EVP results, a possible apparition sighting by one of the team and some odd experiences. I am sure that Sage Paranormal still has a lot of audio and video to review, so perhaps some additional pieces may come from that.

Once again though through some of the techniques used at Fort Widely it has become apparent that there is a significant emotional tie to activity. Regardless of whether the information presents itself telepathically or not it seems that an emotional link is required to make that connection more stable, so to speak. This is a fascinating concept that also could help us understand why a clinical scientific approach doesn’t always work. Especially as emotions are a very personally unique thing.

For more information on future events with Sage Paranormal or Brian J Cano, please check out their websites:-

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Brian J Cano – www.neverstopsearching.com

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Fort Horsted with Brian J Cano and Sage Paranormal – The D-Day Tour

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Sage Paranormal’s D-Day Tour with Brian J Cano

The D-Day Tour with Brian J Cano

This exclusive tour of three amazing haunted locations was put together by Sage Paranormal who worked extremely hard to book these locations and also manage to get Brian J Cano from across the pond into the UK. I think what’s also really important to note here is that given the locations, the presence of Brian J Cano and that there were limited numbers; for the price this was excellent value. Often with events such as these the numbers can be upwards of thirty guests attending and this in my opinion can simply ruin a good ghost hunt. Too many numbers equals too much location contamination and not enough of the hosts and special guests to go around.

Virtual hat tip to MJ Dickson and the Sage Paranormal team for putting together such a good package for a reasonable price.

Also, big thank you to Brian J Cano for coming over to the UK and making this such a unique event.

As you can see from the Sage Paranormal advert, the tour hit three amazing locations from the 3rd March to 8th March. Starting with Fort Horsted in Kent, then one of my favourites The Explosions Museum in Gosport and finishing up at Fort Widley in Portsmouth. Now that I have been to all three locations I can happily state that they are each well worth a visit, from a historical point of view and not just because they are all pretty cool. The Explosions Museum has also been a location I’ve returned to and never come away disappointed. The other two were equally interesting and I would certainly return at some point.

Fort Horsted Tour

I actually missed the first part of the night at Fort Horsted as I was stuck on the old M25 motorway, the joys of travelling. During this time I believe the guys at the Fort and Sage Paranormal kicked off with the standard Health and Safety talks, which is always good to know. It’s always good to protect yourself at these old locations and I am not talking about demons (Elizabeth), there’s plenty of hazards to be wary of. Suffice to say good job for covering this off.

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Fort Horsted Entrance

Next up was a brief tour of the Fort, I say brief that’s a slight understatement given the size of the place.

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Map of Fort Horsted

The tour took us out of the HQ room for the night, which is room 52 on the map. We headed up the ramp towards S3 and Zone 3 to look at room 10 along the far tunnel. Without a light on these rooms were pretty much pitch black. We then headed back towards the HQ then along the main tunnel towards Zone 4 of the Fort where we explored a few of the rooms along that tunnel. In particular being room 14 on the map I think. Then we headed back down the same tunnel towards Zone 5 and room 36 at the far end. As the rest of the group headed back to HQ, six of us made the climb down and up the stairs to room 35. Within this room were some interesting pieces of graffiti, some of which date back to the war. I think it’s also important to note that there were obviously some quite talented artists back then too.

Following this the small group, feeling a little like we had been to the gym for a full on work out (yes that many stairs) headed back to our HQ and the rest of the group.

Full Team EVP Session in the HQ

Once we had recovered from the tour and warmed up a little thanks to (Grandma) the hot water machine, we sat around the table to attempt an EVP session. What I found interesting was that Brian first took us through a kind of back story, explaining the common approach to EVP’s and how as investigators we often become a little too clinical in our approach. We ask questions, leave pauses and hope for responses. However we often forget to approach from the human perspective, which in this instance was the lesson for the group.  So, throw out what you, poor yourself a drink and have a relaxed chat with the probable spirits. Well sort of anyways. Oddly I do see the value in this approach too, as I have noticed that emotional connection can often increase activity.

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Quick break at our HQ

As the group was relatively large the simplest approach to this EVP session would be to go around the table and ask one question each, leave a brief pause before the next. However rather than the clinical and morbid questions usually heard we would try to connect a little more on a one to one level.

It took a little while to get around the group, but as we did so we did become aware of a few odd noises we couldn’t place to begin with. Then as we got further around the table those at MJ’s and Elizabeth’s end of the table believed they saw movement outside the rooms door. Brian and Elizabeth setup REMPod on a chair which would be in Elizabeth’s line of sight. Once this was setup Brian continued with the questions.

Once this had been completed Brian used a loud-speaker to run through the EVP session and listen for any anomalies. Interestingly there were a few that we noted, but nothing that I would class as a crystal clear (Class A) EVP, but certainly interesting enough to mention. These ranged from some obvious sounds that seemed to fit when questions were asked to some possible responses that some of the group recognised as words.

Psychic Projection EVP Experiment

Next up Brian decided to give a psychic projection EVP experiment a go in our HQ room before we headed out into the rest of the Fort.

So, the basics for this experiment was to utilise the collective psychic ability of the group to project a key word onto a digital voice recorder, in this case Brian J Cano’s which was on the table in front of him. In order to do this we first picked a key word. Now as Brian, MJ, Liz and Elizabeth had been chatting about the Lord of the Rings for the last few days a good choice seemed to be the word ‘Gollum’. Just for the record, check out Liz’s impression of Gollum.

With the word picked, Brian set the time limit for sixty seconds and reminded us on this occasion we were not going to tag anything just focus on projecting the word ‘Gollum’ onto Brian’s digital voice recorder.

As we began the sixty seconds, MJ listened live on her device and we all sat in silence for sixty seconds. This seems like a great time to mention relativity, mainly as the sixty seconds seemed like a lifetime. It was an interesting sixty seconds that’s for sure. Also towards the end of it I noticed MJ smile as listened live to her device, which gave me a great feeling about this experiment.

Brian reviewed the sixty seconds of the experiment straight away using the speaker. As we listened, some of the group believed they heard the key word around the half way mark. There were a couple of noises, but unfortunately I couldn’t hear the word ‘Gollum’. However as we hit the fifty-second something mark pretty much the whole group agreed that the word could be heard.

This poses a very interesting question; when we conduct EVP experiments, are we actually picking up spiritual communication or could we be projecting information onto the device ourselves?

Whilst we pondered this philosophical (#paralosophical) question over a cuppa thanks to Grandma we also prepared for the first vigil.

A Little ITC App Time with Brian

My first vigil was with Brian J Cano in room 36 (map above) where we decided to give some of the ITC App’s on his iPad a go. In fairness Smart phone or tablet Apps aren’t really something that I have really looked in to, but not entirely ruled out. I have a bit of a personal conflict with the Apps because I work in IT. App’s are programmed and run using clever algorithms in order to provide results, so from my perspective I don’t know enough about them to fully understand them. That said it was interesting to see a couple in use.

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ITC App’s with Brian J Cano

On this occasion we started of by using an App called iOvilus, which was pretty much an app version of the popular ghost hunting gadget. Although it used an ’80’s robot voice’, I was sure that Johnny Number 5 was in the room with us, it was an interesting app.

Brian advised that he often likes to use a password to see if the probable spirits can communicate it through the app, as this could in a way provide better evidence of intelligent communication. In this particular case I believe we used the word ‘apple’ and I don’t think it was said. Although there were a few interesting things that came through.

We moved onto the EchoVox app next still using the same password  and looking for further communication. This was slightly different from the iOvilus as it takes a sample and mixes it up a little before giving out sounds that make words rather than whole words.

I’m not going to go into detail about these Apps her as to be honest I don’t feel I truly know enough about them just yet and prefer to do a little research before giving you a better outline. A post for another time perhaps.

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Room 36

Suffice to say as our vigil came to a close I had certainly had an interesting and informative time looking at another aspect of tech that we could use. Certainly something I would like to look into in order to understand more about.

So, a little colder we decided to head back to our HQ room and grab a drink.

Live Listening to EVP with MJ

For our next vigil we headed it to room 14 with MJ to see what we might pick up, both on the gadgets and psychically. After the steep climb to the cold room we began to attempt communication. It wasn’t long before what I believe to be two distinct characters were picked up by the group.

The first was a military man, a little stocky perhaps and possibly a seargent. At least a similar rank. With this was also picked up a pain in the kidneys type area. In relation to this MJ captured a few little pieces of audio too, nothing crystal clear, but interesting. A possible story around the character was forming.

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The Stairs to Room 14

The second was a woman who was in great distress and possibly linked to an attack of some kind. There was an understanding that she may have fled through the Fort. Again the rough outline of a story regarding the character was there.

What was equally interesting was that those that could receive this information psychically seemed to be empathic to it too, feeling it as well as knowing it. This included feeling particularly rough whilst stood in a certain spot. Something which appeared to cross all groups with differing individuals.

An interesting vigil from a psychical point of view I think.

Pitch Black in Room 10 with Liz

For our final vigil we headed off towards Room 10, pausing at the top of the ramp to perform a brief vigil there too whilst exposed to the elements.

However it was during this time that we returned to the story of the woman picked up previously, it seemed odd and yet fitting. Liz and the others believed that she had fled through that way down the ramp.

Although the stories were similar I knew that we had recorded a brief piece of information on how this young lady looked at our previous location, so I tasked Liz with describing her. Admittedly Liz was honest to the point explaining she was moving fast so description was difficult. However as she ‘gave it a go’ one of the groups voice recorder began to play in their pocket, what was particularly odd was that this was the very description of the woman given in the previous room. It literally started at that point as Liz was about to try, that wasn’t the beginning of the recording either.

After this slightly strange sequence of events we decided to move onto Room 10 and try a little investigating there.

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Room 10

Once in room 10 with all our torches off it was literally pitch black. We attempted a little EVP took a few measurements of EMF and Temp, but nothing out of the ordinary really occurred. Although at one point I did think my wrist had been touched, but this could have equally been my coat. It was just too light and inconclusive to work with.

A little more colder and certainly tired, we headed back to the HQ room.

Round Up

All in all the Fort Horsted investigation with Brian J Cano and Sage Paranormal was a fantastic night enjoyed by all that attended. We had some interesting little pieces of activity throughout the Fort and I think we all learnt a little too. Brian and the Sage team ran a really good investigation, which was well structured, busy and also fun. At the end of the day if your going to freeze in a Fort you may as well have fun doing it.

This was a fantastic opener to the D-Day Tour and well received by those attending.

Good job guys..

I would just like to say thank you all; Brian, MJ, Liz, Elizabeth and everyone that attended as it was a great team too. Most of which would move onto Gosport with the tour and investigate the Explosions Museum, but unfortunately I couldn’t make that one. I hear they hit it hard and had a great time though.

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Royal Oak Investigation with Sage Paranormal 

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The Royal Oak Pub
I arrived around 12pm and spent the afternoon catching up with the Royal Oak‘s landlady Rachael. I also started to film the story of the Royal Oak through an interview with Rachael. This is to help with a future filming project I’m working on to tell the strange story of the Royal Oak.

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Sage Paranormal Arrive to a Spiritual Welcome

MJ and Liz from Sage Paranormal arrived at exactly 8pm and as soon as they did both began to pick up on information psychically. They even told that they felt they were greated at the door.

After a brief chat and introduction over a coffee we headed out into the garden to investigate.

Exploring the Royal Oak’s Pub Garden

Out in the garden both MJ and Liz continued to receive further informaiton related to various items related to the Royal Oak, some of whcih have been proven factually like the Roman grave and the neck bone that was found, but also a few other pieces which although not proven have also some up previously. I think at one point Liz may have even picked up on the odd story of an escaped monkey!

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The Royal Oak – Pub Garden

As ever the garden at the Royal Oak was very relaxing and the clear sjies highlighted the stars above. Always thought that the Royal Oak’s garden would be ideal for a touch of star gazing or perhaps that’s part of what makes it such a draw to Mediums. A probable greater spiritual connection with the universe out there.

You’re probably already under the impression that this account of the investigation at the Royal Oak is a little different from others. Which in reality is very true, to quote MJ; ‘this place is a mediums dream’, something I’ve heard before. The question for me the becomes, why is this the case? A questions I hope to understand more about on day.

After the garden we setup in the dinning room area whilst we waited for Terri Powell, a local medium, regular at the Royal Oak and good friend of Rachael the landlady. During this time MJ and Liz continued to pick up on many things related to the pub.

When Terri arrived we remained in the dinning area for a brief while before heading up to our first vigil location, the twin bedroom.

The Twin Bedroom Vigil

MJ setup a camera to record the vigil and we each took a seat around the room. As ever I sat in the rocking chair as most mediums dont appear to like sitting in that chair. After setting up a couple of voice recorders, MJ was listening live to hers, we started the vigil.

Not long in I believe Liz commented on the location of a portal within the room, which has also been mentioned previously. Portals are a slight element of question for me, they certainly cause an inner struggle between my logical mind and a more spiritual side. I think its because they sound a little bit too science fiction for me, but that said they do come up a lot. In the case of the Royal Oak they appear to be always picked up in the twin bedroom, but more interestingly the same part of that room roughly. Perhaps this is more an area of concentrated spiritual energy?

As we continued our vigil Liz picked up on the book ‘Moby Dick’ and its author Herman Melville. The name Melville also could be associated with a name they picked up earlier in the evening. As Liz highlighted the cryptic nature of this communication, something I’ve become used to at the Royal Oak, Liz simply asked out for the answer. At this point MJ caught an interesting EVP, which clearly gave a name related to the pub. I’m not going to reveal the name as hopefully I can post that EVP at a later date for you all to listen to.

We also had another interesting sequence of events occur where at one point Rachael slipped into trance and spirit struggled to communicate through her. However what was particularly interesting was that as Rachael went into trance, it appeared that MJ’s camera battery drained ans shut down. These events appear to have occurred hand in hand, but are thay related? It’s certainly events like these that would suggest a probable energy drain from the device, but could there be an alternative explanation. Perhaps when these events occur they don’t steal the energy they disrupt how the device works.

Table Tipping in the Poppy Room

After the twin room we moved onto the Poppy Room where we decided to try a little table tipping. I’ve personally experienced some relatively interesting table tipping at the Royal Oak. Of course the problem with table tipping is that unless its experienced with people you know well and trust, then you’ll end up questioning it. On this occasion we had a little response on the table briefly and we attempted some ‘yes’ and ‘no’ questions. The table would then tilt in the direction of the answer in order to reply to us. Although this was a little interesting as far as physical activity goes, the responses were a little vague for my more sceptical science side. Sometimes you dont get the responses you’re looking for or perhaps I had set my expectations a little high!

During this vigil both MJ and Terri sat on the end of the double bed. As they did so they became aware of a probable child spirit on the bed behind them. I think that MJ even felt a tug on her hair at one point. Oddly as they mentioned this my first thought was my two year old daughter Savannah, so much so that I checked on her following the vigil.

Following this vigil we headed back down stairs to the dinning room for a break.

Closing Up in the Bar

We decided to conclude the investigation in the bar area of the pub. So  we sat around a small table in a relatively central position. MJ decided to give the Spirit Box a quick try in this area and after a few minutes of settling we asked a few questions. Oddly on a couple of occasions there did appear to be a few responses, but nothing specific and in most difficult to understand which was a shame.

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The Royal Oak – Bar Area

We finished off with one more EVP session. Most of this proved uneventful as MJ was live listening to the EVP again. Live listening basically means as the voice recorder continues to record from the Mic it also pushes it out to a set of earphones slightly amplified. This isn’t an approach I’ve really used in the past, but in all honesty after a little personal testing it does work quite well. As it allows you to mark, review and respond to EVP’s as you hear them. It’s similar to the approach used during the Scole Experiment when they used an old tape recorder to communicate with their Spirit Team.

On this occasion in the bar MJ thought she caught something. However as it happened just after Liz and I spoke, we found it hard to confirm if it wasn’t us our not. So, as the rule states ‘if in doubt, throw it out’ we did.

We closed up the investigation not long after this as it felt as if we had been given enough for one visit. So, we grabbed a coffee and headed home, thanking Rachael as ever for a great night.

Another Interesting Investigation of the Royal Oak

As ever the Royal Oak delivered an interesting yet more spiritually orientated investigation. Although we had some additional oddities like the EVP’s in the twin room, which incidentally only recorded on one of the three devices recording. Also, the battery drain of MJ’s camcorder at the time that Rachael slipped into trance.

All in all another interesting visit to the Royal Oak in Swanage and I look forward to my next visit there. Thank you to Rachael for letting us into the pub, also thanks to MJ and Liz for allowing me to join Sage Paranormal on this investigation.

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Sage Paracon UK 2016 – The Warwick Castle Paranormal Investigation

Warwick Castle, Amazing Location, Enough Said!!

 

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Warwick Castle
Right first things first, I cannot express how much of a fantastic location that Warwick Castle is! Seriously, I literally had to pick my lower jaw up off the floor as I walked through the grounds. MJ and the Sage Paranormal UK team truly outdone themselves on this one. Now there are a few places like this around the UK that often catch me off guard and completely throw me, but this truly knocked my socks off! So much so that I forgot to take any useful video footage or even photos, slight school boy error on my part. In fact school boy, could not be more perfect an explanation. Just like the Kelvedon Hatch Secret Nuclear Bunker, walking into Warwick Castle threw me a little and brought out that inner child. Problem is that inner child takes his eye off the ball and fails to gather good photographic or video to work with later.

So, hands up and apologies for not having anything to show you that I captured. However if you are reading this and you were there with us, please feel free to share you photo’s and videos with on my Facebook Page (link on the right).

Sage Paranormal’s Ghostly Visit Before Hand…

Now usually this post would be all about the night in question, which was the Friday night when Sage Paracon UK kicked off. However like an excellent investigator and event organiser she is, MJ from Sage Paranormal visited Warwick Castle before hand. Also, in order to understand the location she shot a few pictures. One such room was the Kenilworth bedroom which was more than a little famous for paranormal activity.

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The Kenilworth Bedroom

This particular room wasn’t only associated with some rather odd spiritual stuff that suggested the possibility of a girl being raised from the dead in the bed, but the room was also associated with Séance activity held by no other than Aleister Crowley. A guy that was connected to some very interesting, but possibly dark occultism in his day. He will have to be a subject of a future post all by himself I think.

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Aleister Crowley
Right, so now I’ve set the scene and in order to gather some understanding of the location MJ visited the Kenilworth bedroom and began to take some photographs. In particular she took a picture of the information plaque at the foot of the bed.

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Kenilworth Bedroom Information Plaque
Now at the time she was alone in the room and simply took the photo then headed off. When she looked through her photos later at home she was surprised to find a figure in the window on the right. However not one to jump to conclusions MJ contacted Warwick Castle to confirm she was both alone in the room and that there were no wax work dummies in the room. There were neither! The question now becomes, who the heck is guy in the window?

Our Ghostly Night at Warwick Castle

Back to the Sage Paracon UK 2016 event at Warwick Castle and after I managed to pick my jaw up off the ground, we all gathered in the cafe area I believe. After MJ ensured that everyone was there and ready to go, we started the evening with a tour, which would equally identify the areas we would be holding vigils in later that night. 

The tour of Warwick Castle was actually really good, as you can imagine it would be for such an iconic location. We started off our tour in the Ghost Tower, then onto the main building where we passed the library, the Kenilworth Bedroom, the main hall and a few more amazing spaces. We also stopped off at the dungeons, which included a room full of mirrors, never a good thing right? 

The tour ended back at cafe for a break before we began the evenings vigils. Which was also chance to move around the room and chat to a few of the people attending. 

Vigils at Warwick Castle

The Sage Paranormal UK Team lead this part of the night by allocating the guest speakers; Jeff Belanger, Frank Cinelli (Dr Spectre), Greg Lawson, Graham Smyth and I particular areas in Warwick Castle. Graham and I were given the Ghost Tower, so headed off there with our first group. 

Although both Graham and I may have been considered a slight double act (we are serious researchers and investigators honest) we done our best to get our groups involved in the investigation of the Ghost Tower, with some interesting results. Our initial approach was to talk with our groups to see what gadgets they had brought to the tower, but also if any of them were particularly ‘sensitive’ to spirit. Luckily for us all the groups we had did have an excellent mixture of both. 

In one of our first vigils we tried communicating using one of the groups own gadget. Alan Smith’s small device would pick up changes in the static field (I believe) when something moved closer to it. Placed on one side of the highest room in the Ghost Tower we were asking various questions and on a few occasions we did appear to receive some kind of response via the device. As it illuminated a few times as if someone or something had moved closer. We attempted to back this communication up using other devices, but unfortunately only Alan’s device reacted. As ever it’s not definitive proof of communication and it is very subjective as we dont have all the data on a very variable environment, but heck whilst you’re in a darkened room that has the name Ghost Tower, it was interesting. 

If anyone that was present has any audio or video footage of that Vigil or other Vigils that night, I would be interested in looking at it and you never know it might make a future post on my website and YouTube Channel . 

Other Vigils in the Ghost Tower were more spiritual in my with less tech and more information being passed through the group via mediumship. 

I remember that a couple of the guests picked up on quite a few things related to the location including a very dramatic fire there. Some of this information also appeared to centre around one particular woman. I always find this transference of information fascinating. 

In a later group, which included Rach and Selwyn from the Royal Oak Pub in Swanage where I conducted the Victorian Seance Singapore Theory Experiement; we had some interesting communication or telepathy depending on your perspective. One of the guests picked up on a very specific unique piece of information that to her seemed very random and possibly incorrect. However it became apparent following the Vigil that this information she picked up on was actually had a direct relationship to another member of that group. Unfortunately its not really my place to post what that information was here as it relates to an individual, but should they wish to share their story please use the comments below. Suffice to say this was a great example of localised Telepathic Interaction. Oddly this group also picked up on a name directly to Warwick Castle and one of the guests too. 

Free Time Vigils

The last part of the night began after a final break where all the guests could venture out to a location of their own choice. For me I had to visit the Kenilworth Bedroom and investigate that area a little more. This wasn’t just because of its connection with the infamous Aleister Crowley, but oddly because some of the panelling was bugging me a little. I never got to the bottom of the panelling really, but we did spend some quality time in the room. Earlier on during the night another group picked up some interesting stuff in the Kenilworth Room, I believe on device one of our American friends Susan had with her. I would be interested to see that footage too. 

Suffice to say I left the Kenilworth Bedroom wanting more, that room needs a thorough investigation and quite possibly a good old fashion Séance. Maybe one day I will get back in to do that. 

Warwick Castle Round Up

Warwick Castle is a fantastic location, which needs far more than just one visit as there is so much to be had there. You need a good weekend there, hmm! 

The Sage Paranormal UK Team ensured that we all had a great night at a fabulous location, a night that I will long remember. The location houses so much history and possible hauntings that its going to need a few more visits I think. 

In all fairness we had a great bunch of people there that Friday night, all the VIPs, Guest Speakers, the Sage Paranormal UK Team and the Warwick Castle Guide were great and influential in ensuring we all had a great night. So, thank you to all. 

If you were there that night, please feel free to share your experiences of Warwick Castle in the comments below. 

After Investigation Party

Ok it wasn’t so much a party, but a small gathering outside when we returned to Wroxall Abbey, those involved know what I mean! I just thought it was important to mention that its good to have a sit and chat following a good night at such an epic location. Something else that my investigations of the paranormal has given me is the friendship of some very interesting people the world over now. Often its not just about investigating haunted locations,  but the friendships you gain along the way. Its most definitely not always the destination, but the journey itself that helps you grow. So, this is a small footnote mention to all of you out there in the paranormal who I am lucky enough to call friend, thank you all. As MJ of Sage Paranormal might say, you’re like my para-family. 

Wherever you may be investigating next, good luck and enjoy the journey. 

The Mill Theatre in Sharnbrook NGHD Investigation 

National Ghost Hunting Day – Worldwide

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National Ghost Hunting Day

I won’t go into excessive detail about what National Ghost Hunting Day was, as its kind of self explanatory. Plus I would much rather redirect you to their website in order to ensure that everything is covered and you can get involved next time around.

So, please check the National Ghost Hunting Day Website for more details on the event itself. Also, please check my previous post  Haunted Collector’s Brian J Cano Talks To Me About What Could Be The Worlds Largest Ghost Hunt For my interview with Brian J Cano ahead of the event. 

Fundamentally, the aim originally was to hook up as many paranormal investigation teams as possible across the US in a kind of synchronised ghost hunt. However this soon grew and went international bringing in a few teams from England, Scotland, Australia and more I believe. The idea was for all the teams to follow a couple of broadcasts over Facebook by Brian whilst also broadcasting themselves onto Facebook. As they did this they would take part in an experiment using very specific questioning, Electronic Voice Phenomena (EVP) and Instrumental TransCommunication (ITC) devices to capture possible responses. This part was called the Bridge Experiment I believe. The EVP part was in the first hour consisting of four questions and the ITC part in the second hour consisting of another four questions. 

It still amazes me how the technology of the internet can bring us all so much closer together, but as this experiment shows, many groups worldwide can work together towards a common goal. This working together approach is the only way that we will see results, gather data and eventually begin to gain an understanding of the unknown world. I understand it doesn’t quite fit the materialist version of standard science, but sometimes you have to try things a little differently before a true understanding can be found. 

Our NGHD Location – The Mill Theatre

The Mill Theatre in Sharnbrook was formally known as Stokes Mill and was exactly that an old working water mill. The Mill itself was mentioned in the Doomsday Book, but its highly possible that a Mill has stood on the site for a number of years prior to this entry.  

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The Mill Theatre

From about 1500 to 1817 its possible that the property was owned by St. Johns of Bletsoe and Melchbourne, who made substantial improvements to the building. Some of these are still present in the current building which date back to around 1703. 

From 1817 to about 1929 the building underwent considerable changes, this included refurbishments, extensions and also an extra storey. They literally raised the roof of the building by 12 feet, which is odd considering its function as a theatre nowadays. 

By this time Frank Hipwell had taken ownership of the property and it seems they invested heavily to make their business a success. 

These days Stokes Mill is the home of The Mill Theatre which opened back in 1979. The original Mill House is now a lovely hotel with the same name. The former Mill yard and buildings have become a small business park. 

All in all its a location that holds considerable history, set in the beautiful picturess countryside next to the Rive Great Ouse.  

Previous investigation teams and those that frequent or work at Mill Theatre have reported numerous types of activity throughout the building. The Main Foyer has been a location where Mediums have picked up on the presence of a spirit woman, possibly called Helen that may have committed suicide. Also, the presence of a man called Don has been encountered here too. 

Down in the Cellar Mediums have picked up on a man dressed as a woman, each to their own or pantomime perhaps. In the props and set design area of the Cellar the presence of a Mr Godfrey, a young girl called Lilybett, a small boy called Tommy and a Labrador Dog have made themselves known to Mediusm. This area also has reports of the smell of tobacco and the odd sensation of someone blowing on the side of a persons face. 

Up in the main auditorium the activity gets a little more physical with reports of some seats moving by themselves from one position to another. However even more interestingly is that this has sometimes occurred on request, not an easy thing achieve. There has also been some interesting EMF interaction in this part of the building. 

A Combined Effort – Meet The Team

This particular investigation was lead by the Sage Paranormal Team, but included some other excellent investigators that were invited to join them on this monumentus event. 

Making up the team from Sage Paranormal were MJ Dickson, Carl Hutchinson and Liz Cormell; a great team with a lot of investigation experience between them. It was a great honour to be asked to be involved in this event by MJ and represent England. 

We were also joined by Alan Smith of Skepticide Paranormal, which took me by surprise as I actually knew Alan and had investigated (I think) with him once before. It’s always good to cross paths with investigators you know again especially when its been a while. 

Our last couple of team members were Lori Shaffer and Matthew Harris from WARTS Paranormal Society, whom I’ve not met previously, but as ever in this field its great to meet new people. It is one of the fundementally important aspects of the paranormal to me, meeting new people and talking about their interest in the paranormal is always quite interesting. 

I knew right away that we had an excellent team for this investigation and this very unique event, thank you to MJ for bringing us all together for this. 

Initial Walk Around

Once we had established our HQ for the night in the large room just off the bar area and setup a table ready for the NGHD experiment later we decided to have a walk around of the location. 

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Mill Theatre Layout

We headed down through the stage into the large dressing room to the rear of the stage. Right away the theatre began to deliver. Both Liz and Alan picked up on what they could only describe as a classic ‘spooky wind’, but we didn’t discount the possibility that this could be an outside vent. We also believe that one of the digital voice recorders batteries may have drained too, but again this one isn’t concluded. It was around this point that Liz heard what she believed were footsteps coming from the stage area. 

I followed Liz out onto the Stage where she said she believed she could sense something from the upper part of the stage set. She could visualise a man stood up there with his elbows on the rail and had his legs crossed. Liz sensed that he may have passed as recently as the last fifty or sixty years and maybe had been in his forties. 

Shortly after this the rest of the group joined us both on the stage and after a brief moment Lori mentioned that her stomache was hurting, keep your eye out for this as it becomes a running theme throughout the night with a few members of the team. Around the same time Carl also registered and EMF spike of around 6.2 MG around the first row of seats. 

At this point MJ picked up on a male conversation near to the auditorium entrance, then Lori said she felt watched and MJ agreed. 

After this we headed down into the Basement area and as we stood in the main area of the basement, a few of the team could hear talking or even a conversation coming from upstairs. Others like me couldn’t though, which is ficinating in its own right. Were some of the group becoming relatively tuned in to the more spiritual residents at the theatre? Perhaps there was a logical explanation like distant sound of the water passing under parts of the building, as this was suggested at one point as a possibility. 

We moved into the Props and Set Design Room also in the Basement, which I believe was incredibly close to the water flow. At this point on entering this area Carl mentioned that his legs felt weak all of a sudden. As we settled into the room MJ believed that she heard the voice of a child say ‘mama’.

Shortly after this we all headed back up to our HQ room for a break and re-group. 

Whilst in the HQ we tested our live feed to Facebook ready for the experiment with Brian J Cano and all the other National Ghost Hunting Day Teams later on in our investigation. 

Not long after this Mj returns from downstairs towards the Foyer stating that she feels as if she has been hit in the stomache. It was also during this time frame from about 1am to 1:30am that the group were acting a little odd, we all seemed a little more exciteable than normal and possibly even a little hyperactive. This could have been the sudden sugar rush of our break and being a littl tired, but it seemed to pretty much hit us all at the same time.

Our Second Walk Around

At just after 1:30am we headed back to the Auditorium for a more detailed investigation of the area. Alan, Carl and I sat on the seats overloooking the stage, whilst Liz, Lori, Matt and MJ sat on the Stage. We hadn’t been sat long and Carl heard tapping. We decided to chuck some tech into the mix and used the Spirit Box and Digital Voice Recorder. 

After a few questions, MJ asked ‘how did you pass?’, the Spirit Box reply was ‘drowning’!

Carl sweeped the area using a FLIR, but picked up nothing of note at this point. However all sat on the stage felt a cold breeze or draft from one side. Liz’s then noted that her right cheek was very hot and at this point MJ had moved to the seats and was pointing a camcorder at the stage. MJ points out that she has seen a mist on the viewfinder which appears to be located between Liz and Lori on the stage. This is swiftly followed by Lori stating that she felt something grab her right sleeve. If all that wasn’t enough, the Spirit Box then adds ‘the right’ then ‘trust me’ following MJ asking if that was the spirit that grabbed Lori. MJ then felt a light blowing on her neck. 

This was a remarkable sequence of events once you note it down, but was this a possible spirit interaction or even attempted manifestation? There are of course other alternatives, such as psychological contagion too. As ever we must keep an open mind. 

However this wasn’t completely the end of the sequence, as moments later Carl saw three red flashes at the back of the stage, then MJ felt really uncomfortable and then Carl saw a small shadow behind Liz on the stage. Of course I saw this as an opportunity to chase and headed onto the stage and behind Liz then upstairs to the raised area. Interestingly enough though as I headed towards the back of the stage where the shadows headed, it did feel a little different. However this could be directly related to why I was there in the first place, hence expecting to find something or even looking for something can change your perception. 

Shortly after this we returned to the HQ leaving a Digital Voice Recorder running in the auditorium.

Whilst in the HQ room MJ heard footsteps on the stairs to the Foyer. She felt this was an old gentleman that was very tall. It was also around this time that Lori saw a light anomaly around the stairs to the Foyer. It was becoming apparent that this area was relatively active in its own way too. 

NGHD Experiment – Hour One

3am for us meant part one of the NGHD Experiment and this didn’t kick off without a few problems. As we managed to login and see Brian J Cano live, shadows on those stairs to the Foyer were seen. Although it could have easily been a technical problem related to the device or network, I think its still worth mentioning that the ipad we were using decided to freeze too. 

Brian started things off with an invocation. He then ran through the four questions for the EVP section of the experiment. 

Following the second question some of the team heard footsteps downstairs. Then following question three more footsteps were heard in the Bar area. Then after the fourth question its possible that a male voice was heard, but this could have equally been background noise. 

Once this first part of the experiment is concluded Liz picks up on feeling stabbed in the stomache, there it is again.  

I believe the group headed back to the Props and Set Design room in the basement again where both Liz and MJ may have picked up on the same person independently of each other. Liz gets the name Reginald as MJ gets Regi. Liz then adds the surname ‘Smithson’. Alan throws what he feels is something very much like a football chant into the mix. 

Liz then tells me that she thinks the word ‘Habanero’ is in Brian’s envelope. This wasn’t the word in Brian’s envelope, but Liz did realise that this word was related to one of her friends a few weeks later. Sometimes stuff just jumps into you mind and often for no apparent reason. 

NGHD Experiment – Hour Two

4am brought with it the second part of the Bridge Experiment and our hook up with the other teams across the globe. This time it was the chance to use ITC devices whilst Brian asked another few questions to all the teams. 

For our part in the experiment we ran a Spirit Box and Obilis, with a Digital Voice Recorder to capture the audio. We also had an iPad broadcasting us to the world via Facebook Live. 

Following the first question, ‘Is the technician or anyone from timestream still able to communicate with us?’, the Obilis replied ‘automatic’. After question two, ‘Are any stations still operating on the other side?’, the Obilis responded with alright’, whilst the Spirit Box gave us ‘Habanero’. Curiously a word that Liz had mentioned earlier in the evening and would later relate to her friend weeks after the event. Then as we completed the third question, ‘How can we improve contact?’, the Obilis gave us ‘Alright, Lay, Video, Carol’, whilst the Spirit Box said ‘apple’ and ‘disaster’. 

It would be easy to work these words into the questions and attribute some kind of meaning, but personally the connection for me is rather loose and so much more work needs to be done in this area. However it was certainly interesting.  

Following this we decided to conduct a little more investigation of the location before calling it a night. 

Final Parts of Our Investigation

The last parts of our investigation consisted of a little walk around, but mostly a few Obilis / Spirit Box sessions coupled with a little Mediumship to see what we may pick up. 

Between them, the more sensitive of the group did begin to pick up on some bits related to the location. Although some may still require some additional research to confirm. 

Most of this did seem to be focussed around the concept of one or two hangings in the wheel pit. It wasn’t clear thoug if this hanging was a suicide or punishment, but if it was a punishment then it may be likely that it was something the locals may have seen through due to a horrific crime. 

As we were about to call it a night, pack up our kit and head home, MJ picked up some movement on the stairs to the Foyer. she also believed there was a name connected to this; ‘Molly’. Unfortunately as quickly as this had actuated it was gone. So, after a long eventful night we decided to head home. 

Investigation Round Up

The Mill Theatre was a brilliant location to investigate and personally I would like to return and try some other approaches in order to gather more information on the possible activity within its walls. 

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The Mill Theatre Entrance

The NGHD Bridge Experiment went reasonably well we believe and at the very least it was amazing to be involved in such a huge event. That’s not even considering that the event ran simultaneously across loads of teams across the US an the Globe. I have to admit from my perspective it was very interesting as part of my own research deals with telepathic interaction and the possibility of a global consciousness or collective unconscious as Jung would have likely put it. Which reminds me I must catch up with the guys from NGHD at some point to see where they’re at with the results. You see as a part of this experiment each team had to submit a report similar to this I guess, but with a timeline of the evening. This report was posted to the Paranormal Database Website for review and comparison to other teams. Hopefully this will show some interesting results. 

There is without doubt more to the Mill Theatre than meets the eye and we will need to return at some point for another investigation where we can focus on some of the information picked up on this visit. 

What was particularly interesting was the several instances where oddly three of the team all reported the same feeling. This was of course the pain felt in the stomache, which was both described as either ‘punched’ or ‘stabbed’ in the stomache. This was also reported by all three female members of the team and none of the males. These three also made reference to noises or activity in the stairs area which lead back down to the Foyer too. Perhaps they were all picking up on or even feeling the same thing related to perhaps one particular entity. 

The sequence of events that occurred on the stage was also very interesting. Whether it was an attempt by a spirit to make itself known or if it was psychological contagion, its not that often that we experience that number of oddities in one go. It certainly made for an interesting nights investigation. I’m looking forward to returning (hopefully in 2017) to see if the location was as active or if the Bridge Experiment actually increased activity there somehow. 

Either way the Mill Theatre was an excellent location and I thank the volunteers that keep the theatre running for allowing us in to investigate and use it for our NGHD location. 

If you’ve visited the Mill Theatre or even investigated there please feel free to comment, especially if there are any similarities in our report to our own experiences there?