Rapid City Investigation #2
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This investigation took place in west Rapid
City. The clients contacted BHPI and told us that they had been
experiencing some strange, yet troubling activity. The wife claimed
that she was being affected negatively by the activity including
experiencing seizures and loss of consciousness. We immediately advised
the wife to seek medical attention, but she claimed it was not medical
in nature. The wife claimed that she had seen a woman staring out the
upstairs bedroom window at her. The husband, who at first thought the
activity was the overactive imagination of his wife, woke in the middle
of the night to see an apparition of a woman standing over their bed.
We learned that the home
had caught fire during our initial contacts. Although somewhat
damaging, the clients had decided on remodeling. During our initial
contacts with the clients they claimed that they would often hear
footsteps upstairs. They would investigate only to find the rooms
empty. The husband checked the attic for any animals that might have
settled in, but found the attic void of animal life.
We learned the wife was a
fan of some of the paranormal entertainment shows on TV and she
believed there was something evil in her home. We assured her that we
have as yet never experienced or investigated a claim where paranormal
activity has harmed anyone. As we are not doctors, nor do we claim to
be, we pleaded with the wife to seek medical attention for her seizures
and bouts of unconsciousness since we believed there was an underlying
medical condition for what was going on--not paranormal reasons.
Because of the claims we
heard, we decided to conduct an investigation in an effort to hopefully
provide some help and solace to the wife.
BHPI investigated the home on three different
occasions. During our two investigations, the home was still under
construction and our last investigation was when the home was
Prior to our first
investigation, two investigators had arrived and were conducting EMF
sweeps of the home. They were in the basement conducting their sweep
when a metal tray was flung across the room. Both investigators went
about trying to debunk the incident, however, they could not find any
reasonable explanation for the activity.
During our first
investigation, the home was gutted on the inside. The walls were open
to the support beams and studs. We set up our command center in the
mudroom at the back of the home and set up static IR cameras throughout
the home. We placed an IR game camera in the basement in an attempt to
capture a repeat of the activity there.
Throughout the night,
investigators experienced hearing footsteps, and on one occasion, an
investigator had a loud bang happen next to him.
When we analyzed the
evidence for the nights investigation we were surprised to have
captured on the game camera located in the basement wires moving on
their own. We returned to the house and tried to debunk the movement of
the wires by having someone walk and stomp on the main floor directly
above the wires. The wires never moved. We thought that the wires might
have moved when the door to the basement was opened and closed. The
difference in air pressure might be responsible. We opened and closed
the door, but nothing we did would cause the wires to move. We finally
grabbed the wires and moved them physically, but could not recreate the
movement of the wires we saw on video. We checked with the USGS website
to determine if seismic activity happened on the night of the
investigation, however, there was no seismic activity noted. The home
sits in a residential neighborhood and we determined no heavy trucks or
traffic was present during this activity. There was no wind that night,
and because it was cold out, there was no window open in the basement.
We could only determine that we either have not determined a reasonable
explanation or it could be paranormal in nature.
investigations were interesting as well. Two investigators were on the
second floor when they heard what they described as a pack of elephants
stomping around on the main floor where the other investigators were
located. These investigators came downstairs and advised the rest of
the team their movements were contaminating their investigation. It was
learned that no one was moving and when one investigator went to play
back his recording to prove his claim--none of the stomping or noises
were recorded. The recording was completely quiet. None of the
investigators downstairs heard the stomping.
This same anomaly was
experienced by two other investigators on another investigation when
they were in the basement. They heard stomping on the main floor and
came upstairs to complain about the noise. The only investigators in
the home were at the command center and sitting down. The investigators
manning the command center had not heard the stomping and none of the
recorders had documented the anomaly.
During the last
investigation, the remodeling of the home was complete. When we arrived
the clients sat with us in the living room discussing our past two
investigations. As we talked, we were interrupted by very clear sounds
of footsteps walking across an upstairs room above us. The clients said
no one else was in the home. We investigated, and found no one. Our
clients said they have started getting used to hearing this type of
We learned the home was built in the early
1900's and was part of a larger parcel of land that was later
sub-divided and turned into a housing development.
Our client claimed that a
family who owned the property originally had experienced tragedy. The
husband was a drunk and had been known for beating his wife and son.
The current owners claimed the man killed his wife in a fit of drunken
rage and buried her in the basement then had a concrete slab poured
over the shallow grave.
During our research, we
could not find any records of who this person could be or that this
incident ever occurred. We did uncover that this property was owned by
a early Rapid City family who owned a rather large parcel of land and
now the area where this home is located is named after that early
family. Most of the records we found listed some members of the family,
but most records have been lost to time.
We did learn that in Rapid
City's early history, this area was occupied by a few hearty souls, but
after immigrants coming to the area were killed in an Indian attack,
this settlement was abandoned and some moved into Rapid City proper or
left the area all together.
After we analyzed our evidence, we uncovered
some interesting captures. This first audio is interesting in the fact
that we hear what sounds like the name Kara
being whispered. When we played this to our client, they showed us a
piece of board that they recovered in the walls while remodeling with
the name Kara written on it.
This next audio capture
was interesting in that it sounded Native American. We contacted Mr.
Ernie LaPointe, great-grandson of Chief Sitting Bull. He listened to
the audio and told us it sounded like the dialect of the Nakota. He seemed to think it sounded like "What are you saying" or "What do you mean".
This EVP sounds like it is
calling out two names. What is a little creepy about this is these are
the names of two of the investigators who were at the investigation, Mark and Mo.
We decided to provide the game camera video of the wires moving.
As we indicated, we could find no reasonable explanation for the wires
moving. You can see some of our investigators in the basement when this
happens, but we learned our presence was not what made the wires move.
After we revealed our
findings to our clients, we saw that the wife appeared much more
relaxed. We explained that we still felt her physical reactions to what
she believed to be paranormal was medical in nature, and made every
effort to get her to seek medical treatment. We told them that it
appeared this activity was benign and most if not all was residual in
nature. However, we do believe that the manipulation of objects could
reflect intelligence, we do not believe it to be malevolent. Only an
attempt to get their attention. Once they acknowledge the fact the
activity is occurring, and cannot hurt them will they learn to coexist.
Not long after conducting
the investigations, the family moved out of the home. They report they
no longer experience anything paranormal in nature. The wife has not
experienced further seizures or unconsciousness.