Many people that watch paranormal TV shows such as “Ghost Hunters” and “Paranormal State” get the idea that paranormal investigation is all exciting and fun but the reality is that sometimes it is just the opposite. A recent case involving an elderly woman has really touched me in a way that is hard to explain. Without divulging any personal or private details of this case I will try to convey my thoughts.
I was contacted by a friend of the woman in need of assistance, she was convinced that a unseen force was attempting to kill her. She apparently had a witness to these paranormal events and the witness was willing to be interviewed and tell their story. We decided to take the case after several telephone interviews where the elderly woman stated she had no one else to turn to for help.
During the initial site survey and interview process we were able to ascertain that the elderly woman may have be suffering from some psychological or neurological illness but she was convinced that this activity was occurring. During the interview process we had spoke to the witness and asked him to tell his story, we believed that his story was credible. After collecting and researching the property and people involved we proceeded to setup the overnight investigation.
The elderly woman was claiming that an unseen force was causing loud bangs and thumps that would jerk her awake in the middle of the night causing her to get very little sleep. She also claimed this activity was directed towards her from a neighbor that she had for many years disagreements with, you might say their was a feud between these two families. During our first overnight investigation the elderly woman was present and we monitored the situation from about 7:00 PM until approximately 5:00 AM the next morning with little to no activity occurring through the night.
After our initial investigation we met with the elderly woman and discussed the findings, she was not satisfied and was convinced that the force was aware of our presence and would not commence with the usual activity. At this point we decided to remove the element of having team members present and placed recorders and instruments in key locations through out the house for several nights until the activity would occur. Finally after several nights of recording we were contacted by the client and told that it was a very bad night and the banging and popping sounds had occurred all night long.
Finally we could get to analyze what we set out to capture! During the night when the client would awake to log her experiences she would describe occurrences such as large banging noises, pops, and other noises. She awoke several times during the night and logged many occurrences that she believed were attacks towards her from a unseen force or entity.
Several MFPS team members including myself reviewed the data and recordings extensively in hopes we could validate this woman’s claims but not to our surprise, we found nothing but a couple water heater pops and refrigerator noises. There was no evidence of an unseen force causing these problems she was experiencing. After weeks of investigation, research and evidence review we arrived at a solution which would involve the family in an intervention during the reveal. It was apparent now from our research and speaking with the family that a phycological problem was most likely responsible for the experiences she was having and not paranormal.
Personally, the several days following up to the reveal and intervention which was most likely going to lead to a physiological evaluation which would be mandatory based on her family needs and the client’s needs was causing considerable turmoil inside me. I was faced with telling the woman that trusted us to help her that this was most likely in her head and not real. I was also in fear that she would have a major breakdown and would need to be forcibly removed from her house and transported to a hospital for observation. All of this had me thinking about what she might be feeling at the time such as betrayal, hopelessness and being alone with your belief. She was excited to hear some good news from us that maybe we found evidence of this phenomena but rather we had to tell her the truth, this was probably the most difficult thing I had to do in a while.
During the reveal/intervention we presented the case to our client and her family. She was upset but maintained her composure and enforced her belief that she was right and we just missed something. Her family asked for her to get an evaluation and she accepted to go under escort from her family.
The following weeks brought hopeful news, her family had informed me that during her hospital evaluation the doctors were able to adjust her medication and since then she has started to question if any of it did really happen or was it all in her head. I felt a sense of relief and was feeling a bit more hopeful for our client and the family.
Paranormal Investigation is not just about Ghost Hunting, it can be complicated and very delicate. This is why a team of paranormal investigators should always be educated and prepared to handle situations such as these. Every place is not haunted and each investigation will have its own unique set of circumstances that will need to be handled appropriately. Myself and the team at MFPS are constantly learning and adding to our collective knowledge so we can better ourselves and be more prepared for situations such as this.
From myself and all the MFPS team our prayers and best wishes go out to the client and family.
Founder & Lead Investigator, MFPS