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Last night, I had a virtual meeting with a ghost.
When someone mentions the title “paranormal investigator,” the first two names that may pop into your head are Ed and Lorraine Warren.
The Warrens of Monroe, Conn. conducted some of the most notable parnormal investigations in the mid-20th century, including the Amityville house in New York, and the Enfield poltergeist in London. However, one of their most infamous investigations was cemented in popular culture in 2013 when the film, ‘The Conjuring,” was released to the masses.
‘The Conjuring” follows the Warrens as they investigate a small 18th century country home in Harrisville, R.I., which is believed to be haunted by a witch who killed herself and her child in order to haunt any occupants who dared step foot in the house.
After exchanging hands many times though its contentious history, the house was purchased last year by Corey and Jennifer Heinzen, a couple of paranormal investigators who said that they couldn’t pass up on the opportunity of owning a haunted house.
A year later, after experiencing a wealth of paranormal activity, the couple has teamed up with the Dark Zone Network, a team of paranormal investigators on YouTube, to livestream the house for charity.
The livestream, which began on May 9 and continues through May 16, sees the family carry on with their lives while a set of 16 different cameras around the house attempt to capture any paranormal activity within the house.
Yesterday evening, I decided, against my better judgement, to sign up for the livestream in order to (hopefully) catch a glimpse a some sort of spirit or demonic entity.
Upon entering the livestream at 7:30 p.m., I was greeted by six different streams that I could watch: a multi-cam view, which had no audio, the center bedroom, the library, the dining room, the basement and the Dark Zone stream, all of which had audio.
I found myself drawn to the multi-cam video as the multi-cam view had a stream to nine of the cameras in the house, giving me an unprecedented view of the whole house.
What seemed boring at first quickly became interesting as some of the cameras were picking up what seemed to be orbs of light. Many in the chatroom to the right of the screen were quick to point out that the family has stated that the house is particularly dusty and has many insect visitors, which may explain why sudden orbs will appear frequently, especially near entrances in the house.
However, one room on the multi-cam that seemed to break this trend was the Center bedroom, which would become the hotbed for activity throughout the night. I believe I saw an orb or two on that channel, however, what struck me as odd was the sudden flashes of light that would disrupt the video. These flashes would later become important as Corey Heinzen detailed that people visiting the upstairs bedroom would complain of flashing lights without a source.
Around 9:00 p.m., Corey and some fellow ghost hunters who were visiting the house decided to communicate with the spirits in that room through a spirit box.
A spirit box uses white noise to communicate with spirits. Typically, the spirit box is an old radio that tunes into either an FM or AM frequency and can be manipulated by the spirit.
Upon communicating with the sprits, the paranormal investigators were able to get a spirit to identify itself as “Marcus,” who said he was 200 years old and was nervous.
I was a little hesitant to believe this as the radio could pick up a muffled channel that, at the right time, could air something that resembled an answer. However, what sent chills down my spine was when Corey asked how the sprit died.
I heard as clear as day: “water.”
It is believed that Bathsheba, the witch at the center of the original haunting, drowned her child.
The spirit continued to talk through the spirit box for some time, saying it was “sad” and “stuck” in the house. Also, when provoked to swear by the researchers, the ghost said in a muffled voice: “f*** you.” While this segment still made me hesitant to believe they were actually communicating with a spirit named “Marcus,” I was still shook up from hearing the answer of “water.”
After the spirit box session, I took a peek at some of the other cameras, and noticed for a brief second a small garden snake in the basement, which the family said is a normal occurrence. Snakes are often associated with demons, which made me shake in my boots when the basement camera suddenly turned blue and shut down.
Call it a technological malfunction or an angry spirit, many in the chat were thinking that the demonic spirit of Bathsheba was angry and decided to play with the camera.
At 10:30 p.m., famed radio host Jim Church, host of the popular radio show “Fade to Black,” sat down with the family for an interview to discuss the haunting associated with their house, and some of the strange occurrences that have happened to the Heinzen family while living there.
The interview proved to be perhaps the most enlightening aspect of the evening. Corey and Jennifer Heinzen detailed that they have been paranormal investigators for close to a decade, however, it was an odd experience doing an investigation in their own house.
“We’d be lying if we said we weren’t scared,” said Corey during the interview.
“We’ve been told by many psychics that the house is coming alive,” Jennifer chimed in.
The Heinzens detailed some of the strangest experiences they’ve had in the house, including doors that suddenly open, and flashing lights in the center bedroom of which Corey Heinzen believes it to be “inter-dimensional.”
The highlight of the almost two-hour interview came when the family told Church about a box that they had found in the basement, which contained a child’s drawing of a hanging woman with a bent neck, and her tongue hanging out.
When the family showed the drawing to the camera, chills went down my spine again as I stared into the eyes of what is perhaps a child’s drawing of a demonic entity.
Needless to say, I had my fill for the evening but my curiosity lingered as I slowly drifted to sleep on top of my laptop.
While I appreciated the fact that funds from the livestream went to a charity benefiting COVID-19 relief, I remember thinking that this was mostly a money grab at $19.99 for a whole week of livestreams.
Many of these occurrences that I witnessed, including the flickering lights and orbs of light, can be chalked up to natural things, such as dust and bugs, or simply optical illusions.
That said, I am not fully convinced that the house does not host some form of spirit or spirits. There were a plethora of weird occurrences, such as the voice saying “water,” that were extremely eerie in nature. Additionally, things that happened in the livestream line up perfectly with the history of house; making me question: what is real, and what is simply unexplainable?
I’m not even going to get into the fact that my girlfriend shot up in bed next to me at 3:33 a.m., which is said to be the Devil’s Hour.
Maybe I should do a paranormal investigation of my own house…
“The House” livestream will be broadcast live through May 16.