One of the easiest ways to either freak yourself out or, prove to yourself that there might be something to an afterlife, is doing an EVP.
EVP stands for Electronic Voice Phenomena.
I’m not talking about doing this at your local city/town “haunted house”, I’m suggesting that you are going to do it at your OWN home.
The best way to get a good, clean EVP is either just by your self, or with one other partner. If you have a third person or more, you can risk muddying the waters. People sometimes breathe heavy, cough, clear their throats or mutter things under their breath. The really bad stuff is if they interrupt your questions or interject verbally when you are listening for something. Sometimes there are noises that come from other areas of the body that you don’t need. Hmmm.
When you are by yourself in your home, you only have to account for yourself and your own noises. If you do have a second person with you, make sure only one person is asking the questions. And DON’T WHISPER anything!! Golden rule.
The reason why you cannot whisper, is that the spirit population has trouble communicating vocally. Their speech does not come out clear and concise. It takes a lot of energy for them to mutter a couple of words, let alone a whole sentence. So their words come out a little breathy and whispery. You have to account for your words and their words so there has to be a distinct difference and if you whisper, it can get confused with theirs.
Now to the “how to do it” part.
#1 – Make sure you are sitting comfortable in a part of your home that’s not overly noisy with the furnace or water pipes making sounds. Also, make sure there is no paper around you that will make crumpling noises from sitting on it or moving it. And….shut your phone off!!*
#2 – You are going to ask a series of questions with the voice recorder you have (*if you don’t have one, you can use your phone or iPod for this to record). Be very clear in your questions and leave at least 15-20 seconds between questions so they have a chance to answer you.
#3 – Questions to ask: Keep it simple.
Are there any spirits here with me now? (yes it’s cliché, but it gets the ball rolling)
May I ask you some questions? (you do need to ask their permission, it’s polite and respectful and you would ask the same of someone that was alive in their corporeal body which is what these people formerly were in)
What is your name?
Where did you live?
Did you live here?
How did you die?
Are you happy now?
Don’t call upon your dead relatives right now because you will have to ask them specific questions to make sure they are who you think they are. Some spirits will impersonate who you want to talk to and hijack the conversation. You’ll either get nothing nonsensical out of them or some nasty, stupid stuff.
Remember we are just doing a simple EVP experiment, not asking for Grandma to come through and give us her secret muffin recipe.
Now take your voice recorder or iPod or cell phone and download the sound file. Or just put a headphone jack in and listen to what you have. You might have to listen to it a number of times to figure exactly what they are saying. You might have absolutely nothing on the recording too. Spirits will talk when they want to talk. Don’t be disappointed if you don’t have anything on your first try.
I turned a recorder on one night when I was home alone and asked if anyone wanted to talk to me. When I played the recording back, I heard a strong clear female voice say “No.” Okay then.
Note: Another interesting piece of information about EVP’s – women are better at hearing something speaking on recordings because spirits speak at a higher sound frequency level. Children also hear the higher frequencies; better than adult women. That’s why quite a few can hear ‘things talking in the night’.
When people call us to come to their house to remove spirits and send them into the light, it’s because they have reached the frightened stage and whatever is present in their house is causing them a host of problems. From being SO SCARED that they can’t even be in the building; to causing them to: lose weight, get sick, fight with their family and affect them in different psychological ways. The spirits that are responsible for most of this are usually……..male. Not being sexist, but that is what they usually are.
I began to think that I was encountering mainly male spirits for all kinds of irrational reasonings. (yes of course, insert ghost hunter = rationality joke here) Then today, I found an article by Tara MacIsaac on the Epoch Times website. It talks about how ghosts/hauntings are most likely going to be males who have died a violent death. It is a very compelling article.
I can’t say for sure that all the earthbound male spirits I have encountered have had violent deaths, but they all had definite reasons why they didn’t want to cross over and the majority of them had lived a negative lifestyle that involved usually drugs, violence and for some, the sexual abuse of females.
They were either too scared to go to the light because of:
- Bad things they did in the time they were alive and felt guilty;
- Religious belief that they were going to Hell;
- They had found someone living who they could abuse or live vicariously through like a drug or alcohol addict.
For some reason, women don’t have as many hang-ups with the “bad stuff” they have done when they were alive. They just seem to embrace the other side and go for it. You go, GIRLS!
Click on the link below to read Tara MacIsaac’s article.
A house in Sherwood Park, Alberta, had close to 25 people as renters in the span of 2 years. A man and woman were living in the house and they had doors opening and closing, the furnace would make banging noises until the husband would go down the stairs to the furnace and then mysteriously the banging would stop. Many personal objects would go missing.
I found a male spirit and he was very possessive of the house. I have no idea if he had ever really lived in the house or was just drawn to it after his death. I picked up the name Harold with short dark hair, white shirt, dress pants, and had a very serious disposition. He was looking at me with a large frown and his arms crossed. He had been doing all these naughty things to try and scare and mess up tenants mentally so they would want to move out of the house. I sent Harold into the light (he begrudgingly went without help) and I then went downstairs to a living area in the basement.
Immediately I saw a strange scene that was a forest out of an old fantasy-like English countryside with huge dark gnarled trees. I’ve never encountered anything like that before. It was like this was another dimension “draped” over the one we were in. There was a definite medieval feeling to it and when I explained to the home renters what I was seeing, they commented that the basement was the place that some previous renters were playing the Dungeons and Dragons game.
Can something like role-playing evoke an other-worldly dimension to appear? Or is it the energy from the adrenaline/passion of the game that can create an ethereal replica of what they are playing in??
Fort Edmonton Park – Rutherford House. October 22, 2008
Late afternoon time, not sure exact time.
Went into the Rutherford House to wait for the news crew. Ben was outside somewhere. After I entered the house and closed the door, I heard it open up as I was walking down the hallway. No one was there. Very difficult for door to open accidentally, because it is a latch door and you have to physically lift up on the latch and pull for it to open.
Once the Global crew got there, we started walking up stairs and I picked up on 3 spirits:
Mr. Jameson: Scottish, big mutton chops with a moustache and smokes a pipe. He was in his 50’s.
Milly: very shy, in her early 20’s; a parlour maid. She had light brown hair and a slight build. She sometimes would hide if other spirits showed up. She stayed only in certain areas of the house.
“Towser”: a nickname for him, didn’t find out what his real name was. A young WW1 soldier, 22-23 years old, could be slightly younger. He had a lop-sided smile and a dimple in one cheek. He did not stay in the Rutherford house like Jameson and Milly. He traveled from building to building and would head off to other haunts. He would come to the Rutherford because he liked Milly.
Jameson was fascinated by the equipment the camera man had and he loved Carolyn’s red hair. He thought she was quite striking. He threatened, jokingly, that he wanted to grab a handful of her hair because he was so attracted to it. I warned her she might feel someone touching her hair and what Jameson had said and she was freaking out a little.
Mr. Jameson considers the Rutherford house to be “his” because the master bedroom resembles the one he had when he was living. He feels very comfortable there and is not doing any negative behaviour.
None of the spirits were candidates for spirit removal because they were there out of affection for the park and the billing itself. They could cross over themselves when they felt it was their time.
Note: If you go to Fort Edmonton Park, check out Rutherford House and call for Mr. Jameson and see if the old Scottish guy will come and let you know he is there. If you have red hair, you might get a little tug or two.
Ben and I went to an Edmonton, Alberta townhouse in December of 2009 where 2 young women lived. They were experiencing things falling in the shower while they were in it. Like someone was pushing the shampoo and soap into the bathtub. The garbage can fell over by itself, sounds of some type of furniture being dragged across the floor upstairs, electric crackling sounds, and “something” ate a piece out of a roast chicken one night.
A lot of times people will tell us they can hear a crackling sound like electricity running. Almost like unbridled spirit energy. The women knew something was upstairs and that they were being watched all the time. Whatever was there, they wanted it gone.
I went upstairs where the bathroom and bedrooms were. A young male spirit appeared, very nervous, about 16-17 years old. He said his name was Robert and he was dressed in farm work clothes that looked like they were from the 1910-20’s. He told me “My ma would take the switch to me if she knew what I’d been doing.” He was referring to watching the ladies in the bathroom, and their bedrooms. He had never had a girlfriend or any experience seeing women naked. So he was enjoying himself immensely. I was picking up that he had caught a bad strain of the flu and died from it. Maybe the Spanish flu from 1918.
He was the one spilling items into the bathtub. I assumed he also had knocked over the garbage can and taken a piece of chicken. He told me he did not do those things. Now I’m wondering if there is another spirit I haven’t picked up on yet.
I told him he needed to go into the light and be with his family, explaining they won’t be angry at you for doing those things. He smiled, nodded his head, and walked off into the light.
I stayed sitting on the rug in the hallway and picked up energy signals from a bedroom in front of me that was dark and empty of furniture. Just then, a picture emerged of a 10 foot boa constrictor that was on the floor of the darkened bedroom. Oh Yeah!!!!
I realised that this creature was probably the one that knocked over the garbage can and took a chunk out of the roast chicken. Communications of course were very limited with the snake and I asked for help to get it into the light. An ethereal being came out and carried the boa constrictor into the light. Good thing, who the hell else was going to get it out?????
I went downstairs to tell the women what I found in their townhouse but before I told them, I asked if they had ever heard anything slithering through their vent system. They looked at each other with a surprised expression and said they had heard noises in the vents at odd times when it wasn’t the heat. I explained the young man and the snake and said the snake was probably all over the townhouse but they would never have seen it. The dragging noise upstairs was probably from the snake too, bumping into furniture and moving it around. Thankfully they were both gone so there was nothing to be afraid of.
I don’t know where the boa constrictor ever came from; maybe someone in the neighbourhood had one in the past. That was my first ghost snake. What next? A dinosaur maybe. Hmmm.
Princess Mary Restaurant
Bedford Regency Hotel
James Bay Inn
In March 2006, Ben and I (Paranormal Rona) went to Victoria, B.C. for a vacation and a chance to check out all the haunted places it has.
We stayed in the Bedford Regency, for 2 nights in the suite that is purported to be haunted by a woman (a mobster’s girlfriend). I felt no presence of a woman there but did get an interesting picture in the sitting room of something… There definitely was a presence in the hallway, however. I constantly heard things going on, such as footsteps outside and someone near the door, and then when I would go to the door to look, nothing was there.
We took a walking ghost tour with historian and author John Adams, and also had the privilege of attending his Ghost Dinner on the Princess Mary boat turned into restaurant. We had some amazing luck with dowsing rods which went absolutely crazy in the kitchen area. Our one picture of the lady sitting at our table ended up revealing a man seated behind her, which was amazing because everyone was accounted for and no one was sitting back in that area.
We shared some of our ghost hunting experiences with the people at the dinner and displayed the gadgets and tools we use.
The Maritime Museum of British Columbia dominates Bastion Square in the heart of Old Town. Once the site of public hangings, the museum is open daily, and the ghost of Sir Matthew Baillie Begbie, the “hanging judge,” is often seen.
Rogers Chocolates at 913 Government Street in Old Town is a National Historic Site. It is also Victoria’s oldest, most famous and most haunted chocolate shop. The owners say look for the ghosts of Charles and Leah Rogers, the founders, who often slept in the kitchen of their old store and who reputedly never left. Great chocolate!
Old Morris Tobacconists, 1116 Government Street, is a heritage building that contains its original polished wood cabinets, onyx pillars and leaded glass entrance dome. It is haunted by the ghost of a former employee, who died suddenly in the upstairs workshop. His footsteps and the sound of cupboard doors opening and closing are often heard when no one is upstairs. It’s a wonderful shop and the owner and staff are very friendly. You can ask them questions about their ghost with whom they are very protective of. Ben bought me a beautiful Meerschaum pipe with a carved lion’s head and a mythological type body.
Bastion Square and Helmcken Alley in the heart of Victoria’s Old Town is the most haunted part of Victoria. Almost every building around the historic square has a ghost or two. The Maritime Museum of British Columbia, located in the old Supreme Court building, is said to be the most haunted of them all due to the fact is was built on the site of the city’s first gallows and many of the men who were hanged still lie buried beneath its foundations. Helmcken Alley leads away from Bastion Square and has the reputation for being just as haunted.
On our tour, John led us to a back alley of a large building. I can’t remember the history of it now but when we took pictures, a weird hand shape appeared on a window. It looked like a hand, but upside down.
Market Square and Chinatown have many stories of ghosts and the supernatural. Their secret tunnels are probably only myths, but their hauntings are very real. Fan Tan Alley was unusual to walk through and it has quaint little shops to visit. It does give off the strange feelings of pirates who could have walked down these dark narrow alleyways. I was drawn to the window of an abandoned lobby and looking through it, I sensed a boy’s spirit playing around the fountain in the lobby. This was a window in an alley near the Fan Tan alley. I don’t know what building I was looking into from the back, but it looked like no one used it anymore.
Ghostly Walks with John Adams, explores the haunted alleys and courtyards of downtown Victoria. These popular 90-minute walks take place all year, with extra tours for the Ghosts of Victoria Festival. It’s a fun experience and John is one of the best Ghost/Historical tour guides in Canada, so don’t miss it! John is on Facebook and Twitter.
During the Summer season (May 1st – November 1st) Ghostly Walks take place every night starting from the Visitor Information Centre, 812 Wharf Street, Victoria
NOTE: The Princess Mary Ship is apparently no more. Very sad. We think it was disassembled many years ago.