Unnamed facility owned and operated
by the City of Longmont, CO.
November 19th-20th 2008 20:00 through 03:15
Temperature 14.9 F
Dew Point -19.0 F
Wind Speed 5mph N/E gusting to 17mph
Barometric Pressure 30.28in
Precipitation (light drizzle) began approximately midnight.
Veronica Cepak Terry David
The facility under investigation is owned by the City of
Longmont. The City and facility employees do not want to attract unwanted attention to their building, quite understandably.
Therefore, no content which may be used to identify the structure or its staff members will appear in this report. Photographs were taken onsite – however, none displayed visual anomalies, so will not be included
with the report either. Name of researchers remain unchanged, whereas those of staff members have been changed. Background history should be sufficiently detailed to explain the phenomena that were reported at this
location, and yet vague enough to prevent identification.
Our attention was first drawn to this case by a newspaper
report dating back to the mid-1990s, discovered in a research archive. What follows are direct extracts from that article,
with omissions to enable anonymity.
Sometimes, when [ ] Department staffers work evenings alone in their old building,
a man’s voice calls their names.
Which is odd, they say,
because they always lock the doors tight and turn on an alarm system that detects all motion in the building.
coming from inside the building,” said [ ]Director
“John Smith”, pointing to objects that move mysteriously at night. “That doggone hoist is a regular occurrence.”
Something unseen works
an old chain-and-pulley hoist attached to a high ceiling, out of workers’ reach. Staffers hear chains tugged and rattled,
but see nothing unusual when they step out of glassed-in offices to investigate.
used to believe in ghosts, but he is fairly sure the building is haunted.
The cavernous brick structure
at [ ] was built in 1931. It’s one of several reportedly haunted
buildings in the Longmont area.
[ ] Department workers notice their ghost likes to open and slam the metal doors
to clothes lockers in a dim alcove of the building. They’ve never seen their ghost, but they’ve named it “Stanley”.
a difference between the normal settling sounds a building makes and the strange noises you hear in here,” said Smith,
who offered a tour of the building’s dark, musty basement. “I don’t think you’ll catch any one of
my crew coming down here at night.”
On the morning of November 19th, I carried out
a preliminary survey of the facility. Accompanying me was "Jane", manager of the facility. The structure is located on a busy
roadside, extremely close to railway lines. Numerous high-voltage power lines are in close proximity, with an electrical substation
in the immediate area. It is built on three floors – originally, the structure was a single floor and a basement, but
the main floor was partitioned into two floors when the building changed hands ten years ago.
The interior is temperature-regulated with HVAC on a 24x7
basis, as a business requirement. Air currents are constantly shifting throughout the building.
readings unremarkable(both ambient air and surface temps)
· EMF readings
unremarkable with two exceptions – a structural support girder (vertical) running from the basement to the upper floor
showed a peak EMF reading of 14 milligauss, and the ladies restroom wall peaked at 12-13 milligauss. The locations were flagged with high-visibility paper.
· Rad-4 radiation
readings showed normal background radiation levels.
I spoke with "Jane" and her assistant, "Samantha", before
the investigation. They were both familiar with the stories attached to the facility, but reported no overtly paranormal experiences
themselves. They ventured that any resident spirit may like the presence of females.
Samantha’s husband, "David", professes psychic sensitivity, and all three would be welcome additions to our team
for the overnight investigation.
I concluded my initial visit at approximately 11am, and
returned with the team at 20:00 that evening.
Our team assembled between 20:00 and 21:00. Turnout was
excellent, with fourteen investigators and three guests available for work. Two members of the team reported “psychic”
or “sensitive” abilities (David and Robbin). In adherence to correct testing protocol, they were separated from
the outset and asked to report any sensations or feelings that might occur during a tour of the building. Any information
gathered via this unconventional method would be commensurately more impressive if it came from two sensitives rather than
one, both working independently of one another. Please note that Robbin was kept
completely in the dark about the location, and had not been sent a copy of the briefing packet that I had issued to everybody
else in advance – she had been told only that we would be investigating a facility in Longmont.
At 21:30, Jane and Samantha kindly offered our
team a tour of the facility. We learned the history of the building, drew up sketch maps, and asked questions as the tour
When asked to report their impressions, the following was
reports sensing a “violent accident” on the ground floor, states it happened in the past, right next to the antique
TV stored there in the new section
of the building. Does not feel it is a current or active energy. Reports on the second floor that there is a “presence”
or active energy of some kind against the back wall in the room containing numerous hats.
· Robbin did
not pick up anything on the ground floor. She reported seeing some kind of shape passing across the second floor balcony.
She also reported (along with Randy) an oppressive feeling in the room containing hats, in approximately the same location
that David reported the “presence” or active energy. A locker in
this area contained numerous artifacts left at the travelling Vietnam War Memorial.
At 22:00, everybody reassembled at our “base station”
in the newer section of the building. As coordinator of this investigation, I created four teams. One team was detailed to
cover each floor of the structure, with a fourth acting as a reserve, or central response team – in the event that phenomena
were to be reported on one of the floors, the CRT would be dispatched to that location to provide extra personnel and equipment.
Initial assignments were broken down like this:
· Team 1 –
Randy, Kira, Nikki
· Team 2 –
Brad, Erik, Samantha
· Team 3 –
Miranda, Bruno, Kathleen
· Team 4 (CRT) – Terry, Bill, Richard, Jane
(Jane detached to another team shortly after)
· Mobile 1 -
Bob and David
· Mobile 2 -
Robbin and Veronica.
All teams were issued with EMF meters, probe and IR thermometers,
digital still cameras, and digital audio recorders.
The Central Response Team had Trifield meters (Natural
and Standard), and a Monitor 4 Geiger Counter.
At 23:30, teams were deployed to their starting positions.
Team 1, supervised by Randy, were
posted to the basement. Team 2, supervised by Brad, were posted to the ground
floor (at the “accident” spot reported by David). Team 3, supervised
by Miranda, were dispatched to the 2nd floor (outside the Vietnam
war memorial memorabilia locker). Team 4, supervised by Terry, were held centrally
for response as the CRT.
Mobile 1 (David/Bob) and Mobile 2 (Robbin/Veronica) were
dispatched to roam the building, with the intention of picking up on any feelings or unusual activities reported by a “sensitive”,
and then investigating it. Mobile 1 chose the first floor (ground floor), Mobile 2 chose the second floor.
All teams established radio contact with each other, and
with Richard, who was acting in the role of command/coordination. Investigative
activities were carried out for a period of one hour, before returning to home base at 00:30 for debriefing.
Team 2 reported
a knocking noise from above them (four or five raps) while in the office. Team
3 reported K2 hits in the area of Vietnam closet when conducting a Q&A – see the attached transcript at the end
of this report for more information. Team 1 (the basement team reported nothing significant).
Robbin reported seeing shadows, which she believed to be human-shaped, up on the 2nd floor. Robbin also
reported hearing children laughing on the 2nd floor. David reported
chasing a ”male energy, aged between 40 to 60 years” throughout building
, on several occasions – his partner, Bob, did not get any anomalous readings during any of these pursuits.
At 00:50 team
changes took place. Team members were shuffled, and floor assignments were changed.
Heading down to the basement now was Team 3, comprising Miranda, Bruno,and Kathleen
The ground floor (1st) team was now Team 1,
comprising Randy, Kira, and Bob
Heading up to the second floor now Team 2, consisting of
Terry, Erik, Samantha, and Bill
Mobile 1 consisted of Gary, now being assisted by Veronica,
roaming on 2nd
Mobile 2 consisted of Robbin, now assisted by Nikki and
Jane, roaming on 1st (ground)
At 01:00, all teams dispersed to their new locations, as
listed above. Brad had to leave, due to a work commitment the following morning. This
second investigative period lasted for one hour and fifteen minutes, concluding at 02:15. At 02:20, all teams converged on
home base for debriefing. Results of the second investigative period were as follows:
Team 1 (Ground floor team) – Randy and Bob witnessed
a “shuffling or scuffing noise” coming from one of the aisles. Bob logged this incident as taking place at 02:00.
No anomalous readings were detected on any instrumentation. It occurred only once, and they were unable to locate the source.
Team 2 (Second floor team )– Terry felt like she
was being touched lightly on the head beneath her cap, and Margo felt something lightly brush her hand. No anomalous readings were detected on instrumentation.
Team 3 (Basement team) – were forced to leave the
basement part-way through, due to “bad smell” that some team members found particularly nauseating. An ad hoc CRT Robbin/Richard/Nikki/Jane took over, without suffering the same deleterious effects. No K2
responses to questioning were obtained in the basement, no anomalous activity occurred. Voice recorders were employed in a
Q&A session, attempting to communicate with any entity that might be located there.
Mobile 1 – David’s opinion was that the male
energy was afraid of him, and was fleeing him. As David would enter an area containing the energy, he stated, the energy would
leave the area almost immediately.
Mobile 2 - Robbin stated that she saw a human-shaped shadow
At 02:20, following
the second debrief period, Miranda, Bill, and Terry all headed home. Teams were shuffled for a third and final investigative
Basement team is now Erik, Veronica, David, and
Ground floor team is now Bruno and Kathleen.
Second Floor team is now Randy, Kira, Robbin, Nikki,
At 02:30, all teams were deployed to locations for the third and final rotation of the day.
The heating was turned on because the building was becoming
extremely cold, weather outside was cold and drizzling. Various banging, thumping,
and knockings were heard throughout this hour, consistent with the operation of the heating system. Bruno recorded a 10 F
rise in heat at the ceiling level after the heating came on, so the vast majority of these sounds can be explained by the
expansion of the roof due to heat rising.
With the exception of the heat-related noises, the third
investigative period was quiet and uneventful. We gathered together at 03:15 to debrief, and then shut down the investigation.
I asked the two “sensitives” for their overall impressions regarding the presence of an entity or energy in the
David’s impression – “a male, who did
not work here, and does not want to be discovered.”
– “a male called either Leon, Lennie, Henry/Harry, or Daniel, with
the last name of Decker. A man in a white tshirt with sleeves rolled up, hardhat, work boots, crouched by a broken pipe in
the basement. Also, a second entity: a male in red shirt, approximately fifty
years old, who did not work here. Neither want to communicate or draw attention to themselves.”
The contents of all digital audio voice recorders were
listened to in raw form, before being downloaded to PC hard drives, and then run through the Audacity software suite. Despite
this enhancement of quality, no audible anomalies were detected. No electronic
voice phenomena are present, and no answers appeared to the questions asked during Q&A sessions when we examined the sound
All photographs taken were downloaded and scrutinized.
No light anomalies appear to be present on any of the images.
Video footage from multiple camcorders has been reviewed
and analyzed. No visual or auditory anomalies appear on any of the footage.
Our investigation did not cover conclusive evidence of
paranormal activity at this particular location. Subjective findings, such as those reported by “sensitives”,
were not supported by objective, recorded data. This is in accordance with the background information supplied by Jane
and Samantha, who have not encountered active paranormal phenomena in recent years. The last time that the building was reportedly
active (in a paranormal sense) would appear to be before it changed hands, back in the 1990s.
We at Boulder County Paranormal, and our colleagues at
Colorado Paranormal Research, would like to extend our sincere thanks and appreciation to Jane, Samantha, and David, for accompanying
us throughout the night and for making us welcome in their workplace.
Coverage of a Q&A session recorded on the second floor
(located at the table with ceramics) does show activity on the K-2 meter in response to certain questions. When EMF levels
are at normal, or background, the K-2 displays a single green LED. Subsequent LEDs illuminating mean that EMF levels have
increased slightly above background. Paranormal researchers employ this device during Q&A sessions, inviting “whoever
or whatever” may be present to communicate by increasing EMF levels to indicate a “yes” or positive answer.
Many of the questions during our Q&A session resulted in no increase in EMF levels. I have documented the questions that
resulted in two LEDs illuminating (a potential “yes” answer) below. Video footage of this session is now stored
in the BCP archive. Questioners were Robbin, Bruno, and Kathleen.
· Do you have
· Was your wife
· Are you tired?
(Asked after an extended period of inactivity)
· Do you have
relatives in this town?
· Were you in
the air force?
· Were you retired?
· Did your wife
have an accident?
· Have you been
in this building recently?
Requests to state a name onto the voice recorder and to
affect a temperature drop yielded no results. It is worth pointing out that, at the time when background EMF levels spiked,
no artificial sources of electromagnetic energy came within range of the K-2 meter, and the device was not moved in any way
– it remained static on a sturdy tabletop.
I cannot state whether these increases in EMF levels are
paranormal in nature or caused by a more mundane explanation, but can assert that the investigators present did their utmost
to follow scientific research protocol at all times. We are unable to offer a compelling cause for the anomalous K-2 readings,
other than a hardware issue with the unit itself. The device has not acted abnormally since then. Batteries were new and fully