Fort Chaffee Prison - Fort Smith, AR

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 Date: 5/12/12


GENERAL INFORMATION from Ghost Adventures Episode 

(mainly parts 2 & 3)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fc5ViTclDA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WwkUc-FKJS8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wWIfPVJgBCs

 

·         Richard (who spoke broken English) was the gang leader who committed suicide. He was a “beefy, smart guy” according to Lynn.

·         Spring of 1980 was when most of the Cuban Refugee drama started.

·         Lynn witnessed 10-20 stabbings.

·         A lot of the refugees were into VooDoo. He witnessed an exorcism.

·         Many deaths and casualties not documented.  

 

General Population building

·         All open with beds.

·         150 people in the room at a time.

·         Stabbings and a lot of violence.

·         EVP caught in the building:

            “Get on the bed”

            “Coffee, café’”

 

Maximum Security Building

·         Richard hung himself in the cell that we spent quite a bit of time in. Lynn “cut him down” after the suicide. He’s not aware of what they did with his body.

·         EVP caught in the building:

          “Get out”
            “It’s hot in this building. I’m here to f**k you.”


Notes from our discussion with Lynn

·         Lynn worked there 18 months. He made good money but he’d maybe do it again simply because of the adrenaline rush he got.

·         He and the other security tried to stay buddies with Richard because of the power he had.

·         There was a fight every day

·         When fights break out they (security) were instructed to just stay in there with the prisoners… go to a tower and they’d protect them with shotguns.

·         Lynn recounted several encounters with Richard and other inmates, an exorcism, and the last day they had inmates and them shipping them off to other prisons… possibly Atlanta.

 

Outside one of the buildings talking to Steve/Tour of the 2nd general population building (Lower floor only)/Tour of maximum security/Tour of the latrine (showers/bathroom)

Steve was telling us that originally there were 3 buildings on the general population side. There was also a mess hall somewhere and a two-story building outside the gate.

In the maximum security building he explained how the cells used to be smaller but walls or dividers have been taken out. There are 6 lock down cells (I’m not sure if that is before or after the walls were taken out) and sometimes they would have 3 or 4 guys in one cell. He pointed out many of the messages, dates, and calendars on the walls. Examples were “Kill the Japs”, “Hitler Sucks”, “26 days”, sexual drawings, etc.

We were taken to the cell where Richard hung himself. He showed us where there used to be bars above but they had to change them out because inmates were reaching through for light bulbs to use as weapons. Ruth asked “So is this his writing?” He said he didn’t know. Zak (from Ghost Adventures) and Lynn were standing right outside Richard’s cell when they captured the EVP “get out” and “It’s hot in this building. I’m here to f**k you.”

We were told that in the summer it was sometimes hard to walk in this building because of the stench of the urine and feces. Inmates were supposed to be taken out of the building to the building with the restrooms, but sometimes that just didn’t happen.

Steve then gave us a tour of the Latrine building. Ruth and I both expressed that we had strange feelings in the shower room. I mentioned that it was like “my equilibrium was off” and Ruth said it was “almost like a vertigo feeling”. 


Investigation of Richard’s Cell/Maximum Security Building

10:53pm. Setting up and arranging equipment.

10:54pm. In the following artifact there is what sounds like it could be a raspy EVP sounding voice. The first one is 1 syllable and the second one is 2 syllables. Second sound.. “pardon me” ? There is a lot going on in the room, though. This could possibly be shuffling. I think at that moment Eric and Curtis were on the other side of the wall setting up equipment.

                                    AudioArtifact: PK-5-12-12-PX820-Artifact1-Unenhanced

                                    AudioArtifact: PK-5-12-12-PX820-Artifact1-Enhanced

At 11:03/11:04pm Ruth was speaking and after “Well Lynn did say… that” there is a noise or voice of some kind. Someone took notice of it because everyone got quiet. Then there is also something after “…the man” and right before the shush, but I’m not sure if it is one of us or not. Eric asks “Is there anybody in here?” No responses. Ruth said she heard giggling and it sounded feminine. From my video it seems as though the second sound could be investigator shuffling.

                                    AudioArtifact: PK-5-12-12-PX820-Artifact4-Unenhanced

                                    VideoArtifact: PK-5-12-12-CAM-Artifact4

11:06pm. In the audio and video there are two sets of 2 (or 3?) knocks. No one acknowledges making or hearing them.

                                    VideoArtifact: PK-5-12-12-CAM-Artifact5

Also at 11:06pm, Ruth asks “Who is the current governor?” You can hear a few light clicks or pops and both Ruth and Dar say they heard something. Dar said “I heard something weird.” Ruth said “yeah, I heard a noise.” I’m not sure if they heard the clicks/pops or something else. About 30 seconds later Ruth says “Well I’m hearing the hum of a machine.” We decide she’s hearing one of camcorders in the room.

At 11:07pm, Ruth states she’s starting to get a bit of a headache. There’s some shuffling and the moving of a chair by investigators and then Dar starts communication up again by saying “Sir… if you are in here…” We then got two larger flashes followed by one or two smaller ones on the K-II meter. From my camcorder video the second flash seems to be a full flash using all the lights. Seconds later Ruth says “Well hello. We come in peace. Absolute peace. We don’t want any trouble.” The K-II flashes two more times. There is also a deeper vocal sound that was picked up in both video and audio and I am assuming it came from an investigator. Interestingly, it happens at the same time as one of the flashes.

                                    VideoArtifact: PK-5-12-12-CAM-Artifact6

At 11:09pm, you can hear some kind of distant voice(s). Dar mentions hearing “some kind of weird sound” and I later said… “like voices.”. We tried to figure out if it was the other team in one of the other buildings (Dar mentioned she thought they were in the first building).

                                    AudioArtifact: PK-5-12-12-PX820-Artifact7-Unenhanced

                                    VideoArtifact: PK-5-12-12-CAM-Artifact7

At 11:10pm, Ruth mentions she sees a light being cast somewhere and it appeared something crossed in front of it. Eric determined it had to have been something out in the hall.

Curtis then took the lead with some questions and seemed to get no responses.  

At 11:13pm, Ruth claimed to feel a cold spot and Dar agreed. This is just seconds after Curtis had asked “Are you German?” A minute later Ruth discovered there was a “breeze coming through this vent” and Dar mentioned it would probably be getting cooler outside, so maybe it was making its way into the cell.

Curtis attempted to get a response with “Shave and a Haircut”. No response.

At 11:15pm, Curtis asks “If you have a complaint about the people that ran this prison I’d love to hear that as well.” Seconds after that, you can barely hear the sounds or voices that Curtis and the rest of us agree we heard. It is not as audible in my camcorder.

                                    AudioArtifact: PK-5-12-12-PX820-Artifact8-Unenhanced

After hearing the noise or voices, Curtis and Eric left to investigate the situation. At 11:19pm they return and tell us that there was no one outside. They also mentioned the video camera that was placed outside the cell in one of the walkways was completely drained of battery.

At 11:20pm Dar presented the gift of a cigar as a trigger.

I know this one may be a stretch and only audio pareidolia, but at 11:22pm, right after Dar says “Well I hope you can let us know that you can hear us, as someone is shifting equipment, it almost sounds as if someone is using it to produce a message. I initially heard “Leave here.” This is after quite a bit of noise removal and amplification. It could be nothing. In the video you only hear someone’s equipment clicking as they shift.

                                    AudioArtifact: PK-5-12-12-PX820-Artifact9-Unenhanced

                                    AudioArtifact: PK-5-12-12-PX820-Artifact9-Enhanced (NR+AMP)

At around 11:23pm Dar prepares to have a spirit box session.

At 11:24pm Dar thought she heard whistling as she was setting up for the spirit box session. It appears she is the only one who heard it. It is not picked up in my audio or video.

The spirit box session begins at 11:25pm.

At 11:27pm, Eric hears something that seemed to be coming from outside of the cell and said “What was that?” Curtis and/or Eric left the room to investigate. (They found nothing.) From my audio and video it seems to be a popping sound outside the cell and somewhere in the building. 

                                    AudioArtifact: PK-5-12-12-PX820-Artifact10-Unenhanced

                                    AudioArtifact: PK-5-12-12-PX820-Artifact10-Enhanced (NR+AMP)

                                    VideoArtifact: PK-5-12-12-CAM-Artifact10

Dar claims there are two spirits speaking through the spirit box.

At this point Ruth leaves due to a headache. Eric also leaves to walk her back.

At one point Dar says “Can you guys hear it okay?” (directed to Curtis and I) and you can hear “yes” coming from the spirit box.

                                    VideoArtifact: PK-5-12-12-CAM-Artifact11

I am still openly skeptic about many of the spirit box responses, and I don’t hear all that Dar does, though a lot of it may just be that I don’t have as much practice in hearing them. This was my first experience with a spirit box during an investigation. Since then I have my own box and I've been learning and experimenting. It bugs me that almost all of these “responses” are one syllable and all happen in between the clicks of the sweeping stations. With that being said, there are some that I hear and find interesting for sure. I’ve listed them below.

Eric returns.

11:50pm - “Love you” ?  After “…a message for a family member.”

At 11:52pm, Dar notices that the motion sensor light that was on the wall behind her went off. It isn’t noticeable in the video. This happens after “Can you tell me your name?” and Curtis hears the name “Keith”.

11:53pm - Have you ever killed anyone? “Yes” How many? “Two.” (13:30 in Video2)

11:56pm - “Rick” and then a second or two later again sounds like “Rick”. This is after Curtis asks for his full name. (15:45 in Video2)

11:56pm - “Yes” after Curtis asked if he had any friends here.

Around 11:58pm I heard what could be a few different “yes” responses after “Does that make you happy?”

11:59pm - “Stop” after Curtis starts to light the cigar…

12:01am - “Stop”

12:01am - Another “stop”?

12:01am - “Stop”

Curtis says “The hairs on the back of the left of my neck rose up” after he says “What’ll you do if I light it anyway?”

12:02am - “yes” ?? (After “I’ll put it out if you say ‘yes’”)

Around 12:03am I claim to have heard “burger” after Dar asked for them to say “cheeseburger”. Although I don’t hear that when I listen now. I do, however, hear a possible “cheese”.

12:04am - Dar said she saw something out in the hall.

12:06am - “no”

12:06am - “stop”

12:07am - “yeah” after “Did you die here?”

12:08am - “no” after “Did you hang yourself in here?”

12:10am - “yes” (2 of them?) After being asked if they liked it as a haunted house

12:11am - “touch” after Curtis shows his phone… and maybe a “pick up”… and it could be my imagination and matrixing, but I seem to hear numbers after that…. a phone number?

12:12am - “leave” (possibly) and maybe a few small quieter leave’s after that.

12:12am - “what?”

Also at 12:12am Dar sees something out in the hall again.

12:12am - “Good” and “bye” after “Do something big for us in this last minute”

12:12/12:13am - Curtis tries to get a response with “Shave and a Haircut”. I can’t hear well over the spirit box but apparently I thought I heard some kind of response or knock and either Eric or Curtis mentions what they thought they heard.

12:13am - “prison” (after Shave and a Haircut)

Another try at “Shave and a Haircut”

12:13am - “yup” after Curtis says we’re leaving and says “Okay?”

12:13am - “thanks”

At 12:15am as we’re packing up and leaving, I ask Dar what a particular object in the room is and she says she has no idea. It was already in the cell. As soon as she says “I ain’t touchin’ it” you hear what sounds like a strange voice saying “who cares”.

                                    AudioArtifact: PK-5-12-12-PX820-Artifact12-Unenhanced

At around the same time my audio captured two strange sounds. Sounds interesting when enhanced and played at a slower speed. We’re packing up and leaving the Max Security Building. I don’t have a video that pairs up with this moment.

                                    AudioArtifact: PK-5-12-12-PX820-Artifact13-Unenhanced

                                    AudioArtifact: PK-5-12-12-PX820-Artifact13-Enhanced (NR+AMP)

                               AudioArtifact: PK-5-12-12-PX820-Artifact13- Enhanced(NR+AMP+SL)

 

Entering 1st General Population Building/Funeral Room/Dentist Room

We had just climbed the steps and entered the Chicken Room when Dar heard something and gets our attention. It’s unclear what she heard.

Our investigation moved into the “Funeral Room”.  

Dar played the Cuban National Anthem.

At one point there are two loud cracking noises. Ruth asks “is that one of you guys?” No one claims it. Seconds later there is a thump that investigators acknowledge.

                                    AudioEvidence: PK-5-12-12-PX820-Artifact14-Unenhanced

Dar plays a speech by Hitler and then the Cuban National Anthem again.

At one point in the investigation Ruth was trying to identify the nationality of whoever was with us. A second or two after she asks “What are you?” there is a strange voice or response. It is not picked up in my video.

                                    AudioEvidence: PK-5-12-12-PX820-Artifact18-Unenhanced

Eric asks what they’ll do when they tear these buildings down. There are one or two very soft possible responses. This was not picked up in my video.

Dar begins a spirit box session.

After starting the spirit box session, Dar heard something coming from around the corner from the casket. It seems no one else heard it and doesn’t seem to be picked up in my video or audio. I went around the corner to check it out and noticed that there was an open attic access in the ceiling. We decided there was a possibility the noise could have come from there.

I heard what could possibly be “hello” and then “I’m here” coming from the spirit box.

Maybe a “yeah” after “Can you say hello?”

“hi”

Dar thinks she heard a “F*ck you.”

Dar ends the spirit box session and we decide to migrate throughout the rest of the building.

As we’re walking through, Dar and Ruth thought they heard something either before or after Curtis said “Hello”. I don’t think it’s picked up in the audio or my video, but there is a lot of noise with us walking through the building.

A few moments later Curtis says “If you’re here, make your presence known.” There is immediately a light tap that no one acknowledges. Then Ruth tries “Shave and a Haircut”. After no response Eric asks “Why are you so afraid of us?” A few seconds later there was a knock back behind me, possibly around the corner from where we just were. I was the last in line. We decide to turn around and headed back that direction. The floor shifts a lot, in general, as you walk through the place.

                                    VideoArtifact: PK-5-12-12-CAM-Artifact21

Moments later Ruth says “hold on” and describes the creaking sound and where she heard it. She described the noise as coming from “up there” and it sounded like “weight” caused it. There was so much noise in the audio so I’m not sure what she heard from my recorder’s point of “view”. Later Ruth experimented with a few members walking through and I heard a creak from up above.

After we went back downstairs, Dar said she heard “a girl giggle.” Ruth said “Is that what that was?” and then demonstrated it. Dar agreed. I think it’s barely picked up on the audio, plus I was apparently shuffling the audio recorder and camcorder around in my hands and so there was too much going on. It’s also not picked up in my video. 

                                    AudioArtifact: PK-5-12-12-PX820-Artifact22-Unenhanced

After hearing the giggle, we decide to stop there for another session. We were in the Dentist room.

Dar starts up the spirit box.

Ruth asks “Is there a female here? We thought we heard a girl.” In the spirit box I heard 2 or 3 possible “no” responses.

I hear “Deutsche” from the spirit box after Ruth asks “Are you German or are you Cuban?” I hear other responses as well but can’t make them out.

Dar’s flashlight starts flickering and turning off and on. 

At one point I can hear what could be “leave”.

After Dar asks for them to say “banana” in order for us to leave, I hear “ba-na-na” followed by “leave our prison” (and maybe “leave our prison camp” as Dar hears). No one heard the banana response.

Dar asks for them to say “potato chip” in order to leave the building (again). From the ghost box I hear “po-ta-to chip”. No one heard it.

I heard “women” from the spirit box after Dar asked “Why do you want us to leave so bad?”

At the time and in the recording I thought I heard “f*ck you” and then “don’t” from the spirit box as the girls were thinking about leaving. Listening back now I can hear what I interpreted as “F*ck”, but I don’t hear the “you”. I still think I hear “don’t”.

Another “leave” from the spirit box.

“Oreo” from the spirit box? (Girls still in the room.)

Dar and Ruth leave the building to allow the male investigators a chance to chat with whoever is present.  

After being asked “How old are you?”, both now and in the video I think I hear “sixty-one” or “sixty-“something… It’s actually not as clear in the audio.

We left the building and headed to base.

 

Latrine Shower Room

2:26am

There were no EVP captured in the latrine, however, the spirit box seemed to identify words on cards and several objects placed on the floor. 


Weather at Start of Investigation: Fort Smith, AR  

Information from weatherunderground.com

 

Time (CDT)

Temp.

Dew Point

Humidity

Pressure

Wind Speed

Gust Speed

Precip

Conditions

5:53 PM

73.0 °F

60.1 °F

64%

30.08 in

4.6 mph

-

N/A

Overcast

6:53 PM

73.9 °F

59.0 °F

59%

30.08 in

Calm

-

N/A

Overcast

7:53 PM

72.0 °F

61.0 °F

68%

30.09 in

Calm

-

N/A

Overcast

8:53 PM

70.0 °F

62.1 °F

76%

30.10 in

Calm

-

N/A

Mostly Cloudy

9:53 PM

66.9 °F

62.1 °F

84%

30.12 in

Calm

-

N/A

Clear

10:53 PM

64.9 °F

62.1 °F

90%

30.12 in

Calm

-

N/A

Clear

11:53 PM

64.0 °F

60.1 °F

87%

30.12 in

5.8 mph

-

N/A

Clear

 

Time (CDT)

Temp.

Dew Point

Humidity

Pressure

Wind Speed

Gust Speed

Precip

Conditions

12:53 AM

63.0 °F

60.1 °F

90%

30.12 in

Calm

-

N/A

Clear

1:53 AM

62.1 °F

57.9 °F

86%

30.11 in

Calm

-

N/A

Clear

2:53 AM

61.0 °F

57.9 °F

90%

30.10 in

Calm

-

N/A

Clear

3:53 AM

60.1 °F

57.0 °F

90%

30.10 in

Calm

-

N/A

Clear

4:53 AM

60.1 °F

55.0 °F

83%

30.12 in

Calm

-

N/A

Clear

5:53 AM

57.9 °F

55.0 °F

90%

30.13 in

Calm

-

N/A

Clear



 

Moon Phase for 5/12/12

Information from lunaf.com

 

Last Quarter

Old Moon

Illumination 54%



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