Sunday, October 18, 2009

The Ohio P.E.R.V.S Pervcast Episode 5 - Fort Laurens Edition

On Saturday, October 17, the Ohio P.E.R.V.S. had the opportunity on investigate the historic Fort Laurens in Tuscarawas County, Ohio. Here is a quick podcast we recorded after the investigation.

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Saturday, October 10, 2009

Greetings from Massillon Cemetery

Originally uploaded by Macian
Last night, Denise, the kids and myself joined our friend Sheri Brake of Haunted Heartland Tours for a candle light tour of the cemetery.
The cemetery, located off of Erie St. in Massillon, is an old one with burials dating back to the early 1800's and with a heavy Victorian influence throughout. While we were getting ready to start the walk, a most curious thing occurred. I decided to test out our new Sony ICD-PX720 digital voice recorder to see how well it would pick up sound. Hitting record on the device, I held it close to waist level and did the test. When I listed back, there was something else there besides me. Click here to listen. There's the sound of others in the background and my daughter who was standing in front of me, but, before she spoke is what we felt is at question. To us, it sounds like a small childs voice saying, "mister".
We still have a lot of other recorders to listen to, but I couldn't wait to share this. What do you think?

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Back from Gettysburg!

We're back from our Gettysburg adventure and boy do we have a LOT of evidence to go through. For the most part, everyone had some experience either great or small. We are going to try and have a sit down with everyone around the 4th of July to do one big "brain dump" of all of the data that we have collected.
Stay tuned to this blog as we begin the process of weeding through everything.

Episode 4 of the Ohio P.E.R.V.S Pervcast!

Recorded live in Gettysburg, PA on Sunday morning, June 14th at around 1 in the morning. After getting back from a very eventful ghost hunt on East Cemetery Hill. Includes Andy and Denise Donaldson, Jen and Eric Williams and special guests David and Lee Kurzhal.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Next stop for the P.E.R.V.S.


In June, members of the Ohio P.E.R.V.S. are going to make the long drive over to Gettysburg for a ghost hunt/vacation. We plan on doing the walks around town at night as well as our favorite activity, the Farnsworth House cellar stories.

Actually, it's because of experiences Denise and I had at the Farnsworth House is why we got interested in the paranormal. So stay tuned! There will be updates from myself, Denise, Eric, Jen and members of the Michigan branch, David and Lee!

Monday, April 13, 2009


To our visitors:
I recently noticed that the EVP's that we had posted from our Zoar investigation had gone missing from out site. It appears that for some reason, Road Runner removed my home directory and thus deleted my files. Those buggers. So, the files have been restored with the backup copies I had locally. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Evidence From The Mansfield Reformatory

Mansfield Reformatory Investigation
November 14, 2008
Ohio P.E.R.V.S. present - Jen and Eric Williams, Craig and Mandi Worrell, Denise and Andy Donaldson.

Back in November, the group had the fantastic opportunity to join Haunted Heartland Tours tour of the historic Mansfield Reformatory located in Mansfield, Ohio. During the several hour investigation, the team was able get several very clear EVP's along with one interesting photo. I apologize for not getting this done sooner, but as always, life and work kept getting in the way.

Photographic Evidence:
The following photograph was taken on the third level. As you can clearly see, there is nothing else on the other side of the rail but air. Denise was taking random shots and caught this:

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As you can see, there is nothing below or above this area. Just space. Looking into the image properties, the shutter speed of the shot was 1/64 of a second. So there was no image stability issues at play here either. Once on the computer, I was able to zoom in and invert the image:
To be honest, we do not know what caused this. I've been working with photography for over 20 years and have seen a lot of different things on film that can easily be explained away, but I cannot come up with an answer for this.
Thinking that it could have been falling paint chips, which are everywhere at the old prison, we tried to recreate this by throwing paint chips in the air and snapping pictures. Any time we did it, you could tell it was a paint chip. But at 1/64 of a second shutter speed, whatever this is, it is moving fast.
All of our photos from the expedition can be viewed here.

EVP Evidence:
1. Our first EVP is from the east cellblock area. There was no one in the area except the girls who are doing some investigating when you hear a southern voice saying "You better get." Click here to hear the EVP.

2. Jen was talking with the other investigators near the TB ward when you hear a childish "Okay". Click here to hear the EVP.

3. Jen, Mandi and Denise were back in the east cell block area and Jen was commenting on brushing up against the "nubs" that are sticking out of the cells and the feeling that she is getting touched when you hear an Appalachian accent in the background ask if she would like to touch his. Click here to hear the EVP.

4. The team was later in the shower room and a voice asks if they smoke. Click here to hear the EVP.

5. Jen was then alone by the "Brooks was here" room. Not really sure what this may be. Click here to hear the EVP.

6. In a solitary, Jen ask's, "They call you Johnny, is that your name?". Click here to hear the EVP.

7. While the recorder was running in the library area, an odd British sounding accent is saying something. What do you think? Click here to hear the EVP.

8. In the TB ward, a sigh can clearly be heard. The recorder was placed on a level surface away from the investigators, this sigh sounds like it is right beside the recorder. Click here to hear the EVP.

9. Another sigh, but at this time, it was noted that on the EM meter, there was a spike. Click here to hear the EVP.

10. Denise was doing some general EVP investigation asking "What's your name?". In the background you can hear a some mumbling that is not very clear. Click here to hear the EVP.

11. This is the EVP that has really stumped us and one that we didn't catch the first time through the digital recordings. The girls were in a cell in the east cell block with the recorder resting on a cot. In the background, there is a faint, childish, "who is it?", followed by noise that sounds like children and then VERY clearly what I think is a Scottish brough saying "who's there?". At that moment, Jen comments that she had heard a sound that sounded like the squeaking of a mattress. There was no one else in the area at this time, just our team. Click here to hear the EVP.

We had several personal experiences here that cannot be backed up by evidence. At one point in the chapel, Craig heard a very audible sigh or breath from one corner of the room that was not picked up by any equipment. Also in the chapel, Andy, trying to remember how to say "The Sign of the Cross" in Latin to see if that would arose any activity since any Mass service held in there would have likely been said in Latin. A knock was heard from the general area where Craig had heard the sigh, but no other evidence was found.
Towards the end of the night, Jen and Denise decided to go back into the cell blocks to try and find the cell marked with an "X" that had activity when the "Ghost Hunters" from TAPS were there, and while walking along the cells, Denise had her arm grabbed, and felt like she was physically spun around. Unfortunately the recorder was not running at the time, and photos that were taken immediately after did have a few orbs in them, but are untrustworthy as evidence.

The Mansfield Reformatory is an amazing place. Not only a male reformatory, it was also used for a time as a tuberculosis quarentine, so we feel that there is a strong possibilty of spirits other then just the former male tenents still inhabit the premises. Which is very clear from our EVP's. Filled with history and lead paint chips, it's an imposing beast that can easily be tamed by the amateur ghost hunter enthusiast. We did not know what to expect going into the prision, but for me, I felt very comfortable there and not at all "freaked out". As far as our evidence goes, I really do feel that it speaks for itself in many ways. None of this evidence is altered in any way except some of the audio is cleaned up using Roxio's audio tools to try to get the best sound possible with what we have captured. Please let us know your thoughts!