Carthage Opera House - Carthage, MO

A Joint Investigation with Joplin Paranormal Research Society and JHPS 


This investigation was discussed at www.BigSeance.com 





A note about this report


This is a summarized, web version of the report. For privacy reasons there are some details of this investigation that are left out or cannot be discussed here. For the same reason, some of our evidence cannot be included on this site. 

Also, this was a joint investigation with JPRS and JHPS. This specific report includes my own opinions of my findings and evidence only. Review is ongoing and so there may be some updates in the future. For videos and evidence from JPRS, and for most of the spirit box clips, visit http://joplinparanormal.webs.com/


Investigation:    Carthage Opera House

                              Carthage, MO

Report written by: Patrick Keller

Investigation Date: 8/4/12

Time of Arrival: Approx. 7:30pm

Close of Investigation: Approx. 4:30am

Base: Main level in the center of the room. 

 

Tour of the building/Pre-Investigation

At approximately 7:42pm, Ruth & Eric gave us a tour.

Activity mostly reported upstairs and a little downstairs, although Ruth mentions the clients seeing something travel from a room to the front of the building on the main floor.

Conflicting reports as to what the upstairs has actually been used for over the years since it stopped being used as an opera house. One report was that it had been used as part of a department store where the upstairs was part of the store. Another report claimed it had been nearly vacant since the time of it being an opera house except for certain things like graduations, reunions, ceremonies, etc. Also, possibly apartments at one time.

Staircase to the basement closed off.

Current owner hasn’t had many experiences himself and is not sure if he is a believer. Previous owners lived in the building. One night something happened and they just left and moved to California after putting lots of money into the building. Apparently they were living in the basement while doing renovations of the opera house portion of the building. Dance club or something. They were downstairs sleeping and heard something so loud that they swore it shook the building. They thought it was an explosion in the building. They owned the building for several years. The current owner has owned the building for 5 years.

At one time they stored new caskets in the basement.

Back stairs were built in 1878. According to the last investigation the week before, there is a little girl in the staircase that didn’t want them in there. She kept saying “wait”.

Original safe is upstairs.

Under the balconies on both sides of the room were dressing rooms and storage.

The upstairs opera house apparently had 5 to 7 gas powered chandeliers. When it first opened they had a ball to celebrate, but the gas lines to the square weren’t operational yet, so they had it by candlelight.

 

Still Pre-Investigation. Recorder at base.

Time Stamp: 9:10pm. Still Pre-Investigation at base on the main level. Investigators were preparing to split up into two groups.

9:22/9:23pm – Strange sound picked up in the audio. No one in the recording acknowledges it. 

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9:51pm – We were all just called outside for a meeting so there is some shifting and talking… but there is a soft whisper that sounds different that says something about “voices”. Just sounds weird.

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It’s about this same time that I leave the recorder running at base when everyone goes outside.

9:58pm – Loud crack or snap near the recorder. Seems to be no one around. Everyone (as far as I know) is still outside. 20 seconds later someone walks through… perhaps to or from the bathroom.

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10:01pm – Investigators head back inside to base.


Upstairs/Opera House Investigation (Patrick, Eric, Ruth, Dusty, Amanda)

10:16pm – We enter the stair well and head upstairs.

10:25pm – EMF reading is 2.4mG and temp is 93.1 degrees on the Mel Meter.

EMF goes up to 4.5mG, 4.6mG…

At 10:31pm Ruth asks if anyone heard a noise. Except for Amanda, no one did. Amanda said she heard something that sounded like a bird squawking outside. Ruth said it sounded like high pitched chatter and then like a real high pitched water drop or something. It was not picked up in the video.

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10:33pm – Two sharp noises that I am fairly confident are investigator footsteps because I hear them again later as we’re all walking around. At around this same time investigators hear a noise(s), but I don’t believe what we heard was picked up in the audio.

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Investigators hear a few noises, possibly coming from sprinkler pipes… also possibly something crossing in front of the lights that were placed near the stage area.

At around 10:39pm Eric asked if there was anything they could do to prove to us that they were there. Seconds later Eric claimed to see something moving in front of the light shining on the ceiling. We all watched and asked for it to repeat it. I made the comment that it was dimming. I can’t really see dimming from the video.

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10:40pm – Temperature is 94.9 degrees on Mel Meter.

At 10:43pm I asked if they had family around still. A few seconds later the group heard a tap or some shuffling from the other side of the room around the stage area.

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10:43pm – Dusty asks for them to finish “Shave and a Haircut”. A car outside beeped twice. 

10:44pm – After Eric asks “Did anyone famous play here?” There are two faint sounds or responses but I’m not sure what it is or if it’s an investigator.

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At 10:46pm Amanda claimed she “just got a breeze across her knees”.

At 10:47pm Amanda says she definitely has “air movement”. This was right after I asked anyone present what their favorite part of the building was and where they liked to hang out.

10:47pm – Temperature is reported to be 95.3 degrees from the Mel Meter.

10:48pm – EMF spike from .1 to 2.6mG on the Mel Meter… then 1.5mG…

10:49pm – Ruth was preparing to try “Shave and a Haircut” and a few of us acknowledged a sound coming from the other side of the room. It was described as a “snap”. In the audio it sounds like shuffling.

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10:50pm – Ruth tries “Shave and a Haircut” and Eric says he thought he heard a thump down there again but it’s so quiet (or something like that). I then mention “It was two of the same sounds that I heard. I would describe it as a thump.” I believe I was talking about the earlier noise at 10:49pm. (Video Artifact above)

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At around 10:54pm we were all preparing to head to the back rooms where the stage would have been. Ruth heard something back in the rooms and told us to stop. We didn’t hear anything else.

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11:06pm – Strange noise while investigators were talking about the stage. It happens right before I say “Do we want to try to some music at any point?” It’s also heard in the video. Not sure if it’s a sound I’m creating or where it’s coming from.

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11:10pm – Two possible EVP behind our voices while setting up to play some music. The first possibly says “sorry”. (Investigator’s voice?) The second possibly a child’s voice.

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At 11:14/11:15pm I began playing trigger music as we all sat in one of the back rooms in the stage area.

11:22pm is where Dar radioed that someone on the spirit box was requesting Ruth.

At 11:26pm I sat the iPod and speaker near the center of the upper floor and started playing my whole playlist of trigger music while we were going downstairs for a break. Eric had stationary audio recording upstairs during this time. My audio recorder went with me when we left.

 

Investigators back at base.

11:35pm – Strange sounding whispered voice as we’re at base taking a break by the fan. Not sure if it is the voice of an investigator or not.

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11:41pm – Two thud sounds near base. Not sure if anyone is there.

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12:10am – Is this possibly a baby voice? It’s hard to tell because you hear investigators on our break outside. 

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12:24am – Investigators make their way back in.

12:26am – Eric and I prepare to head upstairs to a short investigation with just the two of us. (I started a new track and left the audio recorder running at base.)

 

Recorder is running at base, Patrick & Eric are upstairs investigating (Video Camera with Patrick), most other investigators out front.

12:27am at beginning of track.

Recorder is at base while Eric and I go upstairs. The video camera is with me and Eric. Everyone else is out front.

Eric and I conduct an EVP session upstairs. We attempt to get the ball to roll back to us. Eric tossed some glow sticks at the end of the room in hopes that someone would move or block the light.

12:38am – Weird sound at base as someone is walking by.

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12:38am – Just a few seconds later. Another weird sound with the same person walking by?

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I think at around 12:38am investigators from out front are coming inside to head back downstairs.

At around 18:03 in Video 3, Eric hears a noise in the back rooms upstairs, but then he said he heard thunder after that. The camera made a glitchy noise right before he mentions it, but I don’t think that’s what he heard. He later hears something that is picked up in the video (although at the time I said I didn’t hear it) but that’s when the video ended.

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Patrick, Brooks, Dar, Michael, Amanda, Heather, Ruth, Eric, and Curtis in the basement @ 1:13am.

Dar turns on the spirit box and tries to contact Jim and Bonnie, who they supposedly talked to through the spirit box earlier. She also mentions that this time we brought Ruth. Ruth was supposedly specifically requested for by someone through the spirit box “who likes brunettes” in an earlier session at the same location.

After Ruth introduces herself and gives her rules that she does not want to be touched or drained, there are apparently EMF spikes on some K-II meters.

1:19am – After Dar asks “Who’s sitting with us?” you can hear a response by one louder voice with a possible voice underneath. To me the louder voice clearly says “Buddy” and several investigators agreed. Some heard “Bonnie” and Michael heard “ball”.

1:19am – After Dar asked “Is it Bonnie or Buddy?” you can hear a possible response of “yes”.

1:20am – Brooks asked “Is this Buddy?” and it sounds like there could be a couple of responses but I’m not sure.

1:20am – Ruth says “I heard you like brunettes”. Two possible responses follow but I can’t hear well on the audio. Investigators comment on it but it’s not clear.

1:20am – Dar asks “What is your name?” There are a few unclear possible responses.

1:20am – I hear “Eddie” and Dar responds and says “Hi.”

1:20am – I hear the spirit box say “What’s .. up?” Dar hears “What’s…” Brooks later says “I thought he said “What’s up?”

1:20am – There is a response that Ruth hears as “Eric”. I can hear it. Seconds later Amanda says the EMF went up to a 3.1mG. Investigators call Eric back into the room. Dar asks “What’s Eric doing right now?” Investigators then claim they hear “Ruth”.

1:21am – I ask if we can have whoever is present to back away from the K-II meter to see if there is a response and the lights go off. At this moment Amanda is talking about the Mel Meter EMF bouncing around but now holding at an EMF of 2.1 or 2.2mG. Some possible unclear response. The K-II stayed consistent after our requests, confirming to me that it wasn’t anything paranormal. Something in the floor in that area.

1:22am – Ruth mentions she kind of feels like the back of her neck was burning a bit.

1:22am – I then make the request that whoever is present does something with our lights to make it really clear and obvious that they are present. No changes noted.

1:22am – Immediately after Dar says “Can you try that?” I hear a possible soft “Please leave” followed by a soft “yes”.

1:22/1:23am – Then Eric asks “Are you the one that was making all the noise upstairs that I was trying to talk to?” There is a response of “yes”.

1:23am – There is a one syllable response that no one claimed to understand after Eric asks if they can answer any of the same questions that he already asked upstairs.

Eric asks if whoever is present can tell him what the name is on the wall upstairs. At 1:23am Amanda says “It’s spiking again.” I’m assuming she’s talking about EMF. There are what sounds like several short one syllable responses but they are unclear and no one calls any of them out. Dar later says “They’re asking each other.”

1:23/1:24am – Eric asks if they could go up and figure out what the name was. Several people claim to hear a response of “I can” and someone also hears “Andy”.

Ruth and I discuss how it is annoying that the K-II flashing is so consistent. Seems like an electrical current.

1:25am – Dar asks “Are you sitting right here?” Several investigators hear “yes”.

At around 1:26am I hear a possible “help” and maybe a “hello” while investigators are distracted with something else.

1:28am – Dar asks “Can you walk over there?” as we are trying to figure out some EMF readings. Shortly after that Dar and I both thought we heard my name, “Patrick”. Listening back now it seems possible, but not as clear as I apparently heard at the time. It’s hard to tell if the second syllable is there or not. I later asked “Did you just say my name?” and a voice says “No I didn’t.”

1:30am – Possibly “Patrick” again? Once again, hard to tell if the second syllable is there or not. No one claims to hear it in the audio.

1:30am – Interesting possible response. No one points it out in the audio.

1:31am – Dar says there is some coldness in front of her. Ruth mentions that Eric and Curtis may have opened a door around there. You can hear them upstairs walking around in the last few minutes leading up to this.

1:32am – You can clearly hear “beautiful” after Ruth asks if the reason they requested to talk to her was because she is serious about respecting the building and anything in it.

1:32/1:33am – You can hear “beautiful” again and “hi” right after it.

1:33am – Dar asks “Who are you talking to?” and “Who’s beautiful?” Several possible responses. Dar heard “Ruth”. I can make myself hear it but nothing very clear.

1:33am – Dar apparently then heard something that she didn’t say out loud. She wouldn’t tell Ruth what she heard. Ruth got uncomfortable and decided to leave (a few minutes later).

1:33am – I hear “behave”.

EMF seemed to drop a bit after Ruth left.

1:37am – Dar was asking about favorite colors and asked “Do you like red?” You can hear a pretty clear “yes”. Many of us agree that it was very clear.

1:37am – Dar asks “Do you like purple?” and you can hear two responses of “yes”… one of them might be a “yeah”.

I ask if they think I’m beautiful. Dar claims she hears them (and has been throughout the evening) consulting with each other before answering. There was no clear response to the question.

1:38am – Dar later hears “Bruce”. (She reviews the names that have been heard that evening: Bruce, Jim, Bonnie/Buddy.)

1:39am – Dar hears “Hey Brooks” while I’m talking about my battery life.

1:39am – A phrase of some kind. Not sure. Dar says they’re coming back and they’re talking to Brooks but not sure what.

Michael said earlier he heard “Just go now” and then “Bruce.”

1:40am – Brooks hears “Eric”. I don’t necessarily hear “Eric” from the audio.

1:41am – Brooks and Dar think they heard someone ask a question through the spirit box but they can’t understand. Brooks ask for them to repeat the question. It does seem that something could be there. A longer patchy phrase.

1:41am – There is an interesting sound that sounds like an EVP (possibly not from the spirit box) saying “leave”. This is right after Brooks asked them to shorten their question. It is picked up in the video also, so I’m assuming it probably is coming through the spirit box or from something else in the room.

1:41am – There are several words that seem to be said, including a possible “control” and “fake” (Amanda heard “fake” too).

1:42am – I asked how long they’ve been in the building. Again, there seems to be responses to my question but none that are obvious to me. From the video it sounds like there is a “no”. Brooks thinks one of the responses is “seven years”.

1:42am – Michael asks if they are attached to an object stored at the store. I hear a soft possible “leave” and then in the audio I claimed to hear “seven”.

1:43am – Dar asks how many spirits are sitting with us right now. Dar hears “two” and asks if that’s what they said. She hears “two” again. She then says “two or eight?”

1:43am – She decides to ask the question again. “How many spirits are sitting with us right now?” and you at first hear what could be “two” followed by what in the audio I heard as “four” (but sounds more like “force” when I listen now), and then “three”. Numbers and one-word answers are too easy to make yourself hear, I think.

1:43/1:44am – Dar asks “Is there a lot… and they come and go?” You can hear (and Michael points it out) “there is”.

1:44am – Brooks asks “Are you over by Heather?” No clear response.

You can hear muffled thunder off and on.

1:44am – Dar asks “Who’s your favorite lady that you’ve met tonight?” A few seconds later Michael claims to hear “Heather” in a female voice. I don’t hear it.

Heather then says she was getting touched. Brooks asks “Bonnie, are you by Heather?” At 1:45am it sounds like “Bonnie” in a male sounding voice. Dar points this out. Brooks then hears a “yes” and tells Heather that she thinks it was Bonnie that was touching her. Heather said she was starting to feel better. She was getting sleepy earlier.

1:46am – It sounds like “Eric” and then Heather’s K-II meter starts flashing and she says “I’m setting it off” and has “goosebumps like crazy”. I’m not sure I hear the “Eric” in the video, unless I just can’t find it. Dar reports EMF of 1.1mG and Amanda says 1.5mG. There are a few questions asked at one time. Brooks asks if they are by Heather and then Dar says that they’re over by her and we kind of go back and forth. Michael then says he has goosebumps as well. A lot going on in a short time. Amanda reports her right arm is tingling like it’s falling asleep.

1:48am – Dar asks “Who’s touching Heather?” Brooks hears “Bruce.”

1:50am – In the audio I claimed to hear “I’m gonna… bite you.” Michael agreed.

Someone has a reading of 2.1mG as we are all discussing what could be causing the K-II readings around Heather.

Dar says they’re walking away from their side of the room toward Heather. Sure enough, apparently Heather’s K-II readings start up again.

1:55am – Amanda says the temp went down. It went from 81.1 to 80.3 degrees.

1:55am – Dar asks “Do you say bad words?” We thought we heard “many” or “many more” but listening now I hear what sounds like “medieval”. Right after this there was a small EMF spike on that side of the room. Dar gets a .5mG and Amanda got a 1.2mG.

1:55/1:56am – I ask if they have a family and if they can tell us about them. There seems to be a possible soft “yes”. Dar says she hears “sure”. Then Michael and Dar say they thought they heard a long sentence but no one knows what was said.  

1:56am – In the video I hear “Darlene’s” after Dar says “What about your family?”

1:56am – Brooks asks “Did you touch my back?” Dar hears “yes” and then gets a .5mG.

1:56/1:57am – Dar asks “What’s two minus two?” We all celebrated when we heard “zero”. Then some more smaller EMF spikes.

1:57am – Brooks then asks “What’s five plus two?” Immediately there seems to be a response of “six” but no one mentions it. Dar repeats the question a few times. There seems to be a few possible responses but none of them sound like “seven”. Later Michael claimed to have heard “seven”.

Heather’s K-II starts flashing again.

1:58am – Dar asks “What’s ten plus one?” Dar (and I think Michael as well) heard “eleven”. I don’t hear it.

1:58am – Dar and Brooks asks for them to give us a problem. Dar claims to hear “eight minus one” and then “seven”. I don’t hear it. At about the same time, a clock somewhere in the basement was playing a melody, apparently because it was around 2am. Dar then gives another math problem but the correct answer is not heard.

I mentioned to the group that my battery had been at zero percent for around 10 minutes and was still going. At the same time Amanda reports the temperature going up. Dar asks if they’re draining our equipment. Heather starts feeling funny and asks that they don’t drain her.

1:59am – Several things happened at the same time. I asked Dar to ask them if they wanted to try another device. Michael claimed he heard shifting around the corner and asked if anyone else heard it. (Michael later described it as someone running up toward him.) Then Dar said “Someone just touched my back”. Then you can hear a thump close by. We all acknowledged hearing the thump. Investigators checked behind Dar’s back and there was nothing close to her that would have touched her. Then we can hear the sounds of investigators upstairs. Not sure if the sounds we heard were connected with them above us. Nothing is heard or seen at the time Michael hears the sound or Dar gets poked.

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2:00am – At one point, while all of the drama above is happening, it sounds like there is a possible voice in the background, a higher pitched voice.

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2:01am – Dar gives my spirit box a try.

2:02am – I hear a quick “battery”.

I introduced my spirit box and said I’d never heard any voices through it and asked “Can you talk to us through my spirit box?” Also at 2:02am, several investigators hear “voices”. Dar also hears “cold” a few seconds later.

2:03am – I ask if using this box was any easier. There are a few places where I could make out possible “no”. Dar hears “Well…” followed by a phrase. Brooks thought she heard something like… “…had some trouble” but it was unclear. A few seconds later Dar gets a 1.3mG and asks “What’s your name?” Dar reports 1.2mG and then Amanda reports a 2.?mG as Dar asks “Who touched my back?” at 2:04am. You can immediately hear “back”. After that I can possibly make out “Bruce” after Dar asked “Who? What’s your name?”

2:04am – Dar again asks “Who touched my back?” Brooks says she heard “Steve”. Dar heard it too.

2:05am – I hear “Patrick”. I actually kind of feel like I hear “Patrick” a few times after that but I could just be imagining it now.

2:05am – Brooks hears “whatever” and asks if they’re a little bit of a smart alek.

2:06am – Brooks introduced herself and said she likes to do artwork. She asks “What did you like to do?” A few seconds later Amanda hears “squash”. Michael claims he heard “act”.

Brooks and Dar both ask how many plays they were in. Brooks and Dar both hear different numbers.

At around 2:07am Michael hears “theater”.

At this point Brooks asks several questions about the theater or set design and hears a few answers that I don’t hear. She then hears what she says is “Hello” at 2:09am and asks “Is that you, Bonnie?”

2:09/2:10am – Brooks asks Bonnie if she has kids and says “I have two.” Dar and Michael both hear “I have six” from the spirit box.

2:10am – You can hear “Bonnie”.

I asked if they knew the song “My Bonnie” and sang part of it leaving off “ocean”, hoping that someone would finish it. No response.

2:11/2:12am – Brooks asks “Do you want Patrick to sing again?” It’s possible that I hear a very low sounding “no”. Then later she repeats the question and Dar hears a “no”. If it’s the same thing I heard, it’s a softer whisper sound.

2:12am – Michael heard “Brooks” after Brooks asked if anyone was touching her. She later asks “Who’s touching me?” and Dar says “Bonnie is.” I didn’t hear it.

Eric joins us.

2:15am – I thought I heard “We’re doing it” after Eric made a request.

2:15am – Brooks asks “Are you touching Darlene right now?” Dar hears “yes”. Dar says she feels like she’s being drained.

At around 2:22am Dar really starts to not feel well. We head back upstairs as a group for a break.

 

Patrick, Dar, Michael, Amanda, Heather, Eric, Curtis, and Cindy upstairs @ 3:20am.

Cool lightning shot at very beginning. It affects the spirit box.

Dar starts a spirit box session first thing.

Amanda reports that EMF has been .0 or .1mG.

Investigators notice that the K-II meters flash more lights the closer they are to the ground, in general. Also, the K-II was 100% lit up when placed next to Michael’s shoulder. Dar made the comment that people were making it go off tonight. I’ve never seen a K-II react to people like the Tri-field does.

At 3:24am I go downstairs to grab my K-II to compare it with Dar’s K-II. At 3:27am I’m back. Dar says they match.

Dar reports a temp of 92 degrees from her Mel Meter. 

I mentioned that walking down the whole center aisle downstairs I had 3 lights on the K-II.

3:29/3:30am – “Hey Bitch” from the spirit box. ?

At around 3:30am Michael said he thought he heard “Patrick” from the spirit box. I don’t hear it. About this same time Cindy says it felt like something was touching her arms.

3:30am – I said “Hi” and you can hear a pretty clear “HI” back from the spirit box.

3:30am – Curtis asks “What’s your name?” and it sounds like there could be a response of “ghost”. Curtis asks again and the same voice responds but it isn’t clear what the response is.

3:30am – Dar says “Don’t you want to talk to us?” Cindy hears “no” and I hear it in the video.

3:32am – Curtis invites anyone present to come “talk to this box”. A voice seems to answer “Me?” and Curtis says “yeah you.”  At 3:32am he again asks “What’s your name?” and there seems to be a response. “Jake” maybe? In the audio Dar may have heard “Larry”. (Sounds less like “Jake” in the video)

3:33am – In the video there is a direct correlation between the lightning strike and Dar’s spirit box sweep being turned off.

3:34am – Curtis asks what year it is and there are some possible responses ending in what sounds like “four”. It almost sounds like it could be a year pieced together with different voices from the box. I almost hear “1984”.

3:34am – Curtis starts out “If there’s someone up here with us…” From the spirit box “yes”. Then it sounds like “voice” (but maybe it’s “of course”?) followed by what sounds like an investigator (Dar?) repeating it and saying “voice” (or “of course”?).

3:35am – Curtis asks for names again and it sounds like there could be three different responses.

3:35am – Dar says “Is your name Joyce?” There is an unclear response followed by other possible responses. Actually, there are a lot of responses in the next minute or so. Then we hear “Wendy” and I also think I hear “Bobby” somewhere in there.

3:36am – In the video (this is right after Curtis sings “Moon River”), Dar hears something toward the stage area and gestures that direction. I can’t hear it from the video, but I know that lightning struck at the same time she noticed it. Dar later mentioned that maybe the lightning is what she heard. No one else heard it, except Amanda said Heather started looking around apparently at that moment.

3:40/3:41am – While being asked to answer math problems, Dar hears “That’s ridiculous”, but to me it sounds more like “That’s Redic…”

Around 3:40/3:41am – Curtis shows them a card with the word “Joplin” on it and asks for them to read it. Dar claims to hear “Joplin”. I don’t really hear it.

3:41am – I hear “Very nice to meet you” but listening back now all I hear is “Very nice to meet…”

3:42am – “I hate that” while Dar is talking about spirits saying “yeehaw”.

3:42am – Some very interesting stuff. Something about lights… possibly “___ green light” and then some other responses.

3:42/3:43am – Something is there. This is after Dar asked them to shorten their sentences so that we could understand them.

3:43am – Curtis asks “Do you want us to leave?” There seems to be a few responses.

3:44am – Curtis asks “Who wants us to stay?” A few responses. Once could be “Jim”… Amanda thought she heard a “Tess”.

At around 3:45am Michael hears “Listen to me.”

Also around 3:45am, I think I hear my name a few times again.

3:45am – Curtis says “Do you want to talk to Patrick?” Curtis hears “sure”. At that point Amanda gets a .7mG from a .0mG on the Mel Meter.

3:46am – I ask “I’m a teacher. What is it that you do?” Amanda hears “build”. But there seem to be several responses.

3:46/3:47am – After asking if they built things or if they built sets it sounds like the response of “make” a few times… 

3:47am – I ask about famous names that may have come through there. There are several responses. No sure what they’re saying.

3:48am – “build” again possibly. Dar later hears something about building lights apparently.

At around 3:48am I ask if they know anything about Little Red Riding Hood and if they had anything to do with that show. There are several responses. Some hear “yes”. Curtis thinks this voice might be Hispanic.

3:48am – Dar says “Am I right? Did you work on the set?” There is then a louder response but not sure what it is.

3:49am – Dar gets a .5mG on the EMF meter and Amanda gets 1.1mG on the Mel Meter.

3:49am – I ask “Did you have a family?” There is a response or two of some kind. Then “no” after “Can you tell us anything about your family?” Then I ask “Did you have kids/children?” I hear “children”, “chocolate”, and “yes”. After I ask “What were the names of your children?” it sounds like “Butch”.

3:51/3:52am – A possible “yes” after Curtis asks a question in Spanish.

3:54am – Heather and Cindy leave.

At around the same time I start playing some segments of some of the trigger music.

3:55am – I asked if they knew who wrote the music I just played (Poor Wandring One). The answer is “Sullivan” and it sounds like “Sullivan” was possibly picked up. Ten seconds later it is possible that I hear “Gilbert” (as in "Gilbert & Sullivan"). 

I can’t hear very well from the audio, but as I played a few segments of music, some equipment was apparently spiking off and on.

4:03am – Dar asks some interesting questions about going to your own funeral. There seem to be several responses. This continues for a few minutes.

4:06am – Dar says “Well, it was really nice talking with you all.” You can hear a pretty clear response of “Thanks.” I’m wondering if the word that happens right before that is “same.” ? Right after this Dar says her equipment is lighting up and it was “cold right here.”

4:06am – Whispering. Not sure if it’s Dar or not.

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4:06am – It sounds like the word “wind” comes through. Then apparently Curtis heard “when” because he said “now”. He had just asked for them to touch him and make him cold like they just did for Dar. There was another response and then he came back with “me.” Seconds later I reported that I was feeling a breeze on the back of my neck.

At around 4:07am Dar says she was almost at a 3mG.

More possible short responses to questions. 

At around 4:08am we try to get them to manifest or give us a big finale. We then decide to get the large inflated ball and see if they could manipulate it.

I stated that I think the breeze was just Curtis and Eric walking around because as they walked near me I felt a huge cool breeze.

At around 4:09am Dar stated she was almost at an 8mG.

4:10am – I reported a 1.5mG and 91.6 degree temp. Then Dar reports 7.9mG.

4:11am – Dar says “If you push it to me (the ball) we’ll leave right now.” In the audio we believe the response after that is “I Can’t” (with an “ah” sound in the “can’t”), but when I listened back just now I heard “where you goin’?”

At around 4:13am I ask “Are we on your nerves?” and then “Do you know that expression?” There’s a possible response of “yes” after the last question. Michael said he’s been hearing “leave” several times. Then I mentioned earlier I thought I heard “leave us”.

4:13am – I hear the phrase “same sex marriage” so the stations must be moving by slowly at times. Sounds like something that would have been in the news.  

4:15/4:16am – Dar hears “leave”.

4:16am – I hear “ok” after investigators ask for them to please move the ball.

4:16am – I report a .2mG and Dar has 2.4mG.

4:17am – Dar hears “leave” again.

4:17/4:18am – It sounds like someone says “Curtis” once or twice after he sings opera.

4:18am – A high pitched “Hi” followed by a lower “hello”.

4:20am – Dar is at a 2mG.

4:20am – I ask if they think we are being disrespectful. There are several unclear responses. Dar hears a “no”.

4:21am – I think I hear “Please leave” and then “leave us” or “please leave us”.

4:21am – “I love you”

Lots of responses from 4:22 to 4:23am.

4:26am – Whispering ?

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4:27am - Dar turns the spirit box off. The rest of us had been packing up and ready to leave the room.

We ask a few more general questions as we’re leaving.

At 4:31am we’re back downstairs and packing up to leave. 


Weather at Start of Investigation: Carthage, MO  (Joplin)

Information from weatherunderground.com

 

Time 

Temp.

Heat Index

Dew Point

Humidity

Pressure

Wind Dir

Wind Speed

Gust Speed

Precip

Events

Conditions

7:28 PM

84.2 °F

87.3 °F

68.0 °F

58%

29.88 in

North

11.5 mph

18.4 mph

N/A

Thunderstorm

Thunderstorm

7:51 PM

84.2 °F

87.3 °F

68.0 °F

58%

29.89 in

North

11.5 mph

-

N/A

 

Overcast

7:53 PM

84.9 °F

88.2 °F

68.0 °F

57%

29.85 in

North

10.4 mph

-

N/A

 

Overcast

8:06 PM

84.2 °F

88.4 °F

69.8 °F

62%

29.92 in

Variable

5.8 mph

-

0.00 in

Rain , Thunderstorm

Light Thunderstorms and Rain

8:34 PM

80.6 °F

84.6 °F

71.6 °F

74%

29.94 in

ENE

8.1 mph

-

0.00 in

 

Overcast

8:53 PM

79.0 °F

-

72.0 °F

79%

29.90 in

East

3.5 mph

-

0.00 in

 

Mostly Cloudy

9:00 PM

78.8 °F

-

71.6 °F

78%

29.96 in

Calm

Calm

-

N/A

Thunderstorm

Scattered Clouds

9:12 PM

78.8 °F

-

71.6 °F

78%

29.96 in

SSE

5.8 mph

-

N/A

 

Partly Cloudy

9:53 PM

80.1 °F

83.6 °F

71.1 °F

74%

29.92 in

SSE

3.5 mph

-

N/A

 

Clear

10:53 PM

80.1 °F

84.2 °F

73.0 °F

79%

29.96 in

Calm

Calm

-

N/A

 

Mostly Cloudy

11:28 PM

80.6 °F

84.6 °F

71.6 °F

74%

30.01 in

Calm

Calm

-

N/A

Thunderstorm

Scattered Clouds

11:53 PM

77.0 °F

-

72.0 °F

84%

29.97 in

North

3.5 mph

-

0.00 in

Rain , Thunderstorm

Thunderstorms and Rain

 

12:51 AM

75.2 °F

-

71.6 °F

89%

30.04 in

ESE

9.2 mph

-

0.00 in

Rain

Light Rain

12:53 AM

75.9 °F

-

72.0 °F

87%

30.01 in

ESE

8.1 mph

-

0.00 in

Rain

Light Rain

1:01 AM

75.2 °F

-

71.6 °F

89%

30.04 in

ESE

8.1 mph

-

0.00 in

Thunderstorm

Mostly Cloudy

1:33 AM

73.4 °F

-

71.6 °F

94%

30.08 in

NE

4.6 mph

-

0.00 in

Rain , Thunderstorm

Heavy Thunderstorms and Rain

1:44 AM

73.4 °F

-

71.6 °F

94%

30.06 in

NE

9.2 mph

-

N/A

Rain , Thunderstorm

Heavy Thunderstorms and Rain

1:53 AM

73.9 °F

-

72.0 °F

93%

30.01 in

East

9.2 mph

-

N/A

Rain , Thunderstorm

Light Thunderstorms and Rain

2:15 AM

73.4 °F

-

71.6 °F

94%

30.10 in

Variable

3.5 mph

-

N/A

Rain , Thunderstorm

Heavy Thunderstorms and Rain

2:24 AM

73.4 °F

-

71.6 °F

94%

30.13 in

West

12.7 mph

17.3 mph

N/A

Rain , Thunderstorm

Thunderstorms and Rain

2:35 AM

73.4 °F

-

66.2 °F

78%

30.09 in

Variable

6.9 mph

26.5 mph

N/A

Rain , Thunderstorm

Heavy Thunderstorms and Rain

2:43 AM

73.4 °F

-

69.8 °F

88%

30.09 in

South

9.2 mph

-

N/A

Rain , Thunderstorm

Light Thunderstorms and Rain

2:53 AM

73.0 °F

-

72.0 °F

96%

30.05 in

WNW

3.5 mph

-

N/A

Rain , Thunderstorm

Thunderstorms and Rain

3:00 AM

73.4 °F

-

71.6 °F

94%

30.10 in

West

5.8 mph

-

N/A

Rain , Thunderstorm

Light Thunderstorms and Rain

3:18 AM

73.4 °F

-

71.6 °F

94%

30.09 in

Calm

Calm

-

N/A

Rain

Light Rain

3:39 AM

73.4 °F

-

73.4 °F

100%

30.11 in

West

3.5 mph

-

N/A

Rain , Thunderstorm

Light Rain

3:53 AM

73.9 °F

-

73.9 °F

100%

30.07 in

Calm

Calm

-

N/A

Rain

Heavy Rain

4:16 AM

73.4 °F

-

73.4 °F

100%

30.14 in

WSW

9.2 mph

-

N/A

Rain , Thunderstorm

Light Rain

4:40 AM

73.4 °F

-

73.4 °F

100%

30.13 in

West

5.8 mph

-

N/A

Rain

Light Rain

4:53 AM

73.0 °F

-

72.0 °F

96%

30.09 in

WNW

4.6 mph

-

N/A

Rain

Rain

 

Moon Phase for 8/4/12

Information from lunaf.com

 

Lunar phase: Waning Gibbous

Current moon phase is from 2012-8-2 04:27 to 2012-8-9 19:56

Moon is growing smaller (old moon)

Fraction of the moon: 0.58286767644629

Illumination: 93%

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