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Mission Drahner barn: SUCCESS

Monday, August 24, 2009

The Drahner barn investigation has come to a close and it was a quantifiable success! (See the Investigations page on for investigation details.)

The crew have captured several convincing EVPs (electronic voice phenomenon). One in particular makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up every time I hear it. It sounds like a gruff, old man's voice saying, "I only want the most times to have it." According to the backstory of the barn, William Drahner became depressed and ended his own life. The statement is chilling because it represents William's despair in reliving this residual moment every year on October 24th for almost 70 years.

Other EVPs (electronic voice phenomenon) captured that night include but are not limited to:
"No, it's not."
"I'm Fred Drahner."
"I tell about it on the wind." or "I talk around it on the wind."

In addition to EVP, the crew have captured several compelling images. Some of orbs, some mists, some vortex's and the most convincing shadow man shot I've ever seen. These EVPs and photos will be posted soon.

Stay tuned!

Lead Paranormal Investigator

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The Art and Science of Capturing EVP

Thursday, August 20, 2009

EVP stands for electronic voice phenomenon. Simply put, its the capturing of a voice on an electronic recording device that is not heard by the observers at the time of the recording.

I first experienced this phenomenon about 13 years ago when trying to communicate with a deceased occupant of the rental house I was living in. I created a parabolic microphone out of a computer condenser mic, milk carton, egg carton, fishing line, coat hanger, Elmer's glue stick, and aluminum foil. I began asking questions of the etherial resident such as, "How did you die? How old are you? What is your favorite food?" etcetera. To my surprise, when prompted, "Tell us your name," a voice was captured on the tape that clearly said, "I don't want to." This recording was thoroughly scrutinized by industry experts with the conclusion that it was not a fake. I have since lost the clip due to a flood that destroyed the tape.

There are several theories for and against the validity of EVPs as proof of an afterlife. Many conventional scientists believe that EVPs are merely auditory hallucination or auditory suggestion.  This is a phenomenon where a person listening to a supposed EVP will subconsciously fill in the blanks to create vocal phrases out of otherwise random noises in the environment. Some parapsychologists believe that electronic recording devices are capable of capturing the electro magnetic energy emitted by a spirit who is trying to say something. This energy is not audible to the human ear, but is transfered to the tape as voices we can decipher.

I learned something that fateful night thirteen years ago. I learned that, regardless of how scientists interpret EVP, I know in my heart of hearts that there are spirits in that nether realm trying to communicate with us.

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