Case Study #1 – When a house just isn’t active

It’s time to kick off a review of our cases since we became a team several years ago and we hope you, our readers, enjoy our findings. Or, in this case, a lack thereof.

Our client was convinced her house was haunted. With a story of a body found in the basement, a former owner complicit in an armored car robbery, and the client convinced she’s a sensitive, we went in expecting a night full of paranormal hijinks.

What actually happened was, well, nothing. The most interesting parts of the night occurred when two possums attempted to bum rush this investigator right out of the driveway and when our client had a psychic experience in her living room that left our two sensitives shaking their heads in confusion.

When we returned home and reviewed our audio and video files, we were left with nothing. No EVPs or full-body apparitions and especially no personal experiences. Except for the human-hating possums, it was a quiet night and a quiet evidence review. It wasn’t what we had hoped for our first official investigation and we were nervous about reporting the lack of activity to our client.

What we came to understand with this case was that the client enjoyed the notoriety of having a haunted house. The majority of our investigations involve clients who are scared and want nothing to do with the paranormal and they are crossing their fingers for a final report that says “We found nothing” or “Call an exterminator because you have squirrels not ghosts” or “Stop watching scary movies and let your imagination rest. Oh, and fix your high-EMF-emitting clock radio”. This was the complete opposite and having to tell her that we found absolutely nothing during our investigation was difficult.

Regardless of the final outcome of any investigation, we firmly believe that honesty is the best policy. No matter what happens and what evidence we find (or don’t) we know that our clients deserve our honest opinion. She was disappointed that we didn’t uncover evidence to support her haunted house claim, but she had a great answer for us.

“Maybe my ghosts are just shy and didn’t want to come out and play.”

Maybe so.

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About Heather S. Dobson

I wish I was Wonder Woman, but I'm actually a wife, mother of three young ones, a writer, a paranormal investigator, and a lunatic. I'm also hoping to win a Nobel Prize in physics, but I guess that means I should get something above a BS in said subject and do more in-depth, life-changing studies besides "the sticking power of mac 'n cheese on smooth wallpaper." Alas...
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