(Author’s Note: As we will be talking about an investigation at a private residence, I will be using pseudonyms when referring to the family and will not be giving out location specifics to respect their privacy.)
Earlier this month, Kristin and I (and her parents who make up the rest of The Friday Night Paranormal Team) headed up to La Porte, Indiana to investigate a private residence there. It was a beautiful day for early March: A perfect day for a road trip.
Lori Smith* and her teenage son, James*, live in a small, two bedroom house built in 1950. When we texted Lori and asked her to describe what was occurring for her in the home, here was her response:
“…I have things disappearing right in front of me. I hear voices shadows I can just feel a presence…. Im wanting to know if I need a priest lol One day in the back bedroom I just felt something evil looking at me from the door way I had to rebuke it in Jesus name. I think they are having a party in my basement always knocking stuff over heard a crash one day and found laundry soap all over the floor”
In addition to the phenomena they had experienced themselves for many years, the previous residents also had believed the place to be haunted. It should be noted that it is possible that this home is built on what once was Belle Gunness’ farm. The residents believe it to have been, and while we were not able to find a map that shows where her property lines were, it seems likely. Where her house stood is not very far from where we did our investigation, especially considering that her farm was supposedly large. Does this have anything to do with the experiences the Smiths were experiencing? Maybe not. Once our evidence has been combed over, perhaps we will have better insight.
This presented a very special opportunity for our team as we would be able to not only be the very first team to ever investigate a location but we could also help bring peace of mind to the family that lived in the house.
Once at our destination, we were greeted by Lori who immediately told us that not long before we arrived she had heard a loud thud coming from another room. After a short search, her and her son found a water bottle lying on the kitchen floor. They had several cases of water stacked in a tower against the wall but they only had small openings in the top package for the bottles to be pulled out. It was not possible for a single bottle to just fall out out of stack. Intrigued, we quickly went to work photographing the house and setting up our surveillance equipment. Our initial walk through with our Mel EMF Meter with temperature revealed that the house had completely ordinary levels of EMF.
However, from the moment we started, our equipment acted in ways it never had before. The K2 and the Mel Meter went off to various degrees while sitting perfectly still in one spot. They were unpredictable for the duration of the investigation.
I have been on six investigations with Friday Night Paranormal and every time we’ve set up the REM-Pod in a different room, I have been completely and utterly filled with dread that it might actually go off. It never did. Not once in six investigations, many with lots of other activity, had the REM-Pod ever gone off in a room I was not in. But at the La Porte House, it went off constantly. That high pitched, spaceship-esque squealing of the REM-Pod went from being an unimaginable surprise to the constant soundtrack for the night.
While the REM-Pod went off a lot in the kitchen, once we placed it in the hallway, it went off almost constantly. During this time, our other equipment picked up fluctuations in temperature and EMF.
Our team is still reviewing all of our footage and listening to our recordings. Hopefully we will have something interesting to share with you regarding that night in the next couple weeks. Until then, any questions, concerns or comments can go below.