Prolog: In April, 2009 Long Island Paranormal Investigators was invited to investigate this residence in
Wantagh on Long Island by the residence of the home. LIPI members performed a lights out investigation using digital video recorders, digital and analog audio recorders, IR and thermal thermometers, IR vision systems, EMF and other electronic sensors.
The basement room where shadow activity is reported.
Note the lamp on the back wall in the middle is the one seen moving on the
Reported Paranormal Activity:
The home owners reported to have seen lights turn on and off in the main floor of the house, as well as objects moving on their own in the stairwell, seemingly thrown at them. In the basement, shadow people have been seen by the bar, and closet doors open on their own, even when locked and latched.
The bar in the basement where shadows are reported to
be seen moving from behind.
The stairway leading upstairs.
(Note: Orbs are dust.)
The investigation team: Long Island Paranormal Investigator members who attended the investigation were Lead Investigators Rob Levine and Jaiem Fleischmann; Investigators
Michael Bainbridge, Matt Avellino, and Jean Hennessy; and LIPI Official Guest
Long Island Paranormal Investigators prepare for the
The investigation setup: Long Island Paranormal Investigators performed a
"lights out investigation" at the residence. The DVR system was set up in the dining room, on the main floor. This would also be used as the LIPI command center to distribute equipment and check readings throughout the night. Two DVR Cameras were set up on the first floor of the house, one in the dining room and one in the kitchen. A third DVR camera was set in the stairwell to the second floor, and the fourth in the basement, viewing the bar area.
A thermometer was also left in the basement on the bar, and one on the stairwell to the second floor to check for any temperature changes.
View of the DVR monitor screen.
LIPI's initial investigation of this home was for 3 hours to accommodate the schedule of the family. The group was split into two teams, the basement and first floor were
investigated thoroughly. The two teams alternated investigating the first
floor and basement throughout the night.
Mike Bainbridge and Karen check EMF and thermometer
measurements in the basement.
LIPI members also swept the two floors for anomalous EMF readings. Investigators
also checked continuously with the IR thermometers looking for cold spots (or
hot spots) and recording the time and temperatures of the stairwell and
basement from the mounted digital thermometers. Throughout the investigation
several LIPI investigators took numerous photographs with digital
cameras. After three hours of investigation, it was time to call it a
LIPI investigators log their readings before
Audio: Digital audio did not find any possible "EVP" records.
Photographs: Photography did not capture
anything paranormal or other
EMF: Readings in the home were consistent and in normal ranges. Despite being an old house the wiring appeared to be in good condition.
Temperature: Nothing unusual was recorded at the location.
Video: On the DVR camera placed
in the basement, a floor lamp moves on its own while investigators are in the
area. It is undetermined as to what may have caused this movement, though
all investigators are sure that no one moved it accidentally. (Video clip of the
movement will be posted soon.)
Investigators Jaiem Fleischmann and Michael Bainbridge, and guest Karin all witnessed strange
movement of shadows in the basement.
Due to the type of activity witnessed it was decided that a second investigation would be
required before any conclusion can be passed on whether or not the location is haunted. A Second investigation
was performed in late June 2009. The evidence is still being analyzed.
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