While a member of the Researching, Investigating and Debunking Ghostly Encounters (R.I.D.G.E.) team of paranormal investigators in Hamilton, Ontario, this Examiner recalls feeling an odd tingling in her right elbow – not unlike an electric charge – while stationed in an upstairs bedroom of a townhouse unit on Hamilton Mountain. This came as no surprise since spirit is energy and it stands to reason that if one touches you, you would feel something just like that.
This event occurred on September 17, 2010 when Ridge was still in its infancy. Now Case File: Mock 2 has been released and permission given to this author to share the details of this investigation.
Ridge Team members attended at the unit with the purpose of learning how to use the various equipment, including digital EVP (electronic voice phenomenon) recorders, DV and digital cameras, night vision cameras, a laser pointer to detect motion, digital thermometers, EMF (electro-magnetic frequency) detectors, KII meters and of course, the central command center where images were continuously fed from cameras set up throughout the unit to a main computer.
It was necessary to acquire permission from the landlord of the sprawling townhouse complex before Ridge could go in to carry out this process. We were allowed access to an empty four-story unit that was under renovations so we could improve our techniques. We were there to learn and did not expect to encounter any paranormal activity.
As soon as we entered, “Some of us started getting the freak chills while we were setting up however passed it off as it just being our nerve,” said team leader Mike Denham. “After set up and during our first EVP session, we called out for anything to give us a sign. To our surprise, it
sounded like something was thrown in the stairwell after the question: “Is there
anyone else around you?”
Although nothing was found that could account for the noise, it was captured on an audio recorder. You can hear that noise HERE.
The sound was also heard on video but nothing was seen at that time as evidenced HERE.
As noted, this Examiner later felt the touch of a spirit while in an upstairs bedroom. Interestingly, another investigator also felt the same thing on the same elbow but in another room and at another time.
“These were passed off as personal experiences,” Mike said.
Some odd sounds were also heard that included: “shuffling on the carpet, electronic noises and knocks.” None of these were considered solid evidence of a spirit presence. However, when all information and data was later reviewed, it became clear that we were not alone. Here are a few of the findings from that night’s investigation:
1) A comment made by a voice that was not one of the investigators. Check it out HERE.
2) An EVP that sounds like a breath was recorded with no human contamination in the unit and only heard once. Go HERE.
3) A voice saying something about 10 seconds after a question was asked. Go HERE.
4) This one is hard to hear but another comment was captured 10 seconds after a question was asked. Go HERE.
After reviewing all of the evidence, Mike said he does not believe whatever or whomever was present that night poses any danger.
“There was nothing malicious or outright haunting about the place or anything there,” he said. “If we didn’t review the evidence, we would have been none the wiser. Whatever is going on, the place is not haunted as far as we are concerned, although paranormal activity seems to be present when calling out to whatever and asking for a response…”
Mike added that former tenants had not experienced anything unusual, “so there is a possibility that whatever might be there is happy and content, and respects the privacy of whoever lives there. With the fast-paced lifestyles most of us live, it would be easy for the future tenants to be blind to it all.”
As for any lingering spirits, Mike said the team is “still researching and testing different methods to help those who might be stuck in limbo and to see which methods work for which scenarios.”