Saturday, December 25, 2004

The Ghost of Christmas 2005

Rich Smith's Christmas Morning Ghost click here to see more

An EVP Christmas Message

Merry Christmas to everyone, Everywhere!

I sincerely hope that you are all enjoying this Christmas day, no matter your beliefs, and find the time to cherish those you love both here and beyond on this special day and every other.

The holidays can be a lonely time for many of us, even those enjoying large family gatherings on this special day. When we finally find the time to all get together, we are reminded of those who have gone before and wish they could be here with us now to enjoy the festivities, see the children grow or all those hundreds of other wishes we all keep close to our hearts.

With so many people thinking of those who are not with us and the fact that many of us will record most of the day in some fashion, I thought there must be a much larger than normal collection of EVP samples taken on holidays such as Christmas. But, if there are, it seems nobody ever reports them!

There is a lively discussion at the Ghost Hounds website on this topic, Where PatrickRsGhost raises the interesting hypothesis:

"I also believe that the reason why the activity tends to be higher around this time, is because during the holidays we tend to recall memories of holidays past, be it Thanksgiving or Christmas or Easter or any other major holiday dealing with family get-togethers. When we recall these people, it's sort of like saying "hey, we still think about you, come and join in the festivities."

So invite everyone to enjoy in your holiday festivities, no matter where they might come from!

I thought it would be fun to share with you the few Holiday Season EVP I have found in my travels so far. Enjoy and have a very Merry Christmas!
(But stay away from too much rum punch and eggnog or you might just hear: "that's not aunt Mable's ghost you see, it's just the other two of me!" as you experience your own inebriated christmas 'evp'!)

Our first sample, "I should have seen, I didn't know", comes to us from Susan in Jacksonville Florida who received a new tape recorder on Christmas, 2002. She writes to

"take into consideration that we were not trying to record EVP's at all. After listening to this voice over and over I believe it to be a very dear friend of mine who died suddenly in a motorcycle accident..." Listen to
it at Ghost Tracker / Private Home EVP - JR's Voice
Well, it wouldn't be the paranormal if we didn't have at least one scary example, now would it? This sample was taken in the Old Valpriso Jail Museum on dec 7, 2002 in a room once used as a solitary confinement cell.

ME: "We want to wish you a Merry Christmas and hope you'll wish us one too. Thank-you" Spirit 1: " Thank You" Spirit 2: "SHUT THE HELL UP !

The really strange thing about this one is that every time I open it, no matter how low I put my audio settings in windows or in my audio player, every time it starts over it plays at full blast and almost blows my speakers! Open with care!

A ghostly christmas visitor appears in family photos! A picture on Ghost shows a womans face in a turned off TV screen. The donor writes,
"This picture was taken in 1986 on the night we put up my mother in laws
Christmas tree. Christmas carols played on the stereo all night long and the TV
was never turned on. I didn't notice the face until later when my mother in law
told me she had a picture of a ghost. " Check it out here

And, as always since everywhere this man goes is haunted, Rich Smith of ParaTexas brings us this picture of his yard featuring some friendly ghost

taking the opportunity to wish from all of us in the Southwest:


Thursday, December 23, 2004

'Twas the Night Before Christmas (EVP Version)

'Twas the Night Before Christmas we had EVP

A parody
(and my ghost hunter gift wish list in a different window if you click the links;)
by Regmanabq

loosely based on a poem once thought by
Clement Clarke Moore
which seems to actually be a poem by
Major Henry Livingston Jr. (1748-1828)
Read about the controversy over who actually authored 'Twas the Night Before Christmas

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Only spirits were stirring, except me and my mouse;
night cams and strong mics were all hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;

Adobe Audition was on the 'puters flat screen,
My night-vision goggles surveyed the whole scene;
My mics and my headphones were turned up to their cap,
I had just settled in to spring an electronic voice trap,

When out of the speakers there arose such a clatter,
I instantly sprang to see what was the matter.
But it was just windows with an update for flash,
I tore my poor hair out and cleared out my drive's cache.

The goggles were cool with their weird greenish glow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below,
When, what to my techno green eyes should appear,
But a miniature ghost sleigh, and eight spirit reindeer!

That transparent old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.
More rapid than eagles was my record button aim,
Digital cameras, recorders and tape players the same,

"Now, DASHER! now, DANCER! now, PRANCER and VIXEN!
To the top of the porch! and out through that wall!
Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!"

My hardware was smoking as I reviewed all the tapes,
I could see on the monitor where he went right through my drapes!
So straight to my blog, the proof files they flew,
of my ghost sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too.

And then, in a twinkling, my computer, it CRASHED!
All the files and proof were about to be trashed!
As I clicked with my hand, and things were turning around,
Down the chimney went my hard drive with a bad crunching sound.

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
His clothes filmed, all tarnished with ashes and soot;
A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,
My AVIs showed this peddler just opening his pack!

I swear! -- his eyes twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, my crashes are rarely!
My night goggles and cameras were all set to low,
But the beard of his chin looked just like widescreen TV snow;

The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
But some smoke now encircles my drive like a wreath;
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
Yet my proof is as worthless as a bowlful of jelly.

He looked chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed cause I saw him, in spite of myself;
With a wink of an eye and a twist of his head,
I think St. Nick caused my crash! I can't talk to the dead!

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
Voice recorders caught nothing as he turned with a jerk,
And laying a finger aside his white nose,
He gave me a nod, then up the chimney he rose;

He sprang to his sleigh, his ghost team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew, then they *poofed* with a sizzle!

I'd prove he exclaimed, if my drive weren't a sight:


Happy holidays to everyone, Everywhere.

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Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Evil voices in my sink?

I think I've been researching EVP a little too much the last few days.

As I was brushing my teeth I began to think of how EVP researchers use running water as a background noise to help the spirits they contact form words when recording these strange voices. I wondered if some ghostly spirit might contact me during my oral hygiene. I thought to myself: I'd be the one to hear "get out".

I ran my tooth brush under the running water and "GET OUT" the water literally spat at me! "GET OUT NOW" it spat again. The water shooting out with each word like the spit from an angry football coach yelling at a referee! I was like a deer in the headlights standing over this angry sink as it took a deep breath and the water almost stopped.

"OUT OUT OUUUT NOWWW" came again the raspy voice-like sound from the faucet as the very pipes rattled the wall.

I jumped back and almost dropped my toothbrush into this obviously not too happy sink!

That figures, the first spirit I contact hates me right off. Where am I supposed to go to the bathroom now?

The running joke around here is that our first time out ghost hunting with a recorder somewhere scary we will hear something say "get out". My friends and I are always whispering in each other's ears or playing jokes on each other with that infamous ghostly phrase. Perhaps a prankster spirit was playing with me instead? Giving me some of my own medicine?

I don't think so. You see, last night the cold water knob on the shower broke. It forced us to turn off the water to the house. I was the first person to run the water in the bathroom and it seems there was some air in the pipes.

Funny how your mind will scare the crap out of you when you least expect it. I think my brain enjoys doing that sometimes. Looking for an adreneline fix, I guess?

If this was my first unaided EVP experience, this spirit has a good sense of humor. Or he's mad and wants me to get out now. I'll try not to think about that last possibility; it's almost nap time!

Spirit Hacking at Para Texas?

"Spirit Hacking" is what one ghost voice called the process of EVP recording when Rich Smith played back a tape of a recent paranormal investigation.

It may not be uncommon for the spirits in the afterlife to move in groups and interact with each other much as you and I do. Rich, an accomplished paranormal researcher and author of "Everywhere I go is Haunted", was attempting to "interview" another spirit regarding a case he was working on when it sounds like a surprised other worldly on-looker could not contain his amazement anymore and blurted out this startling phrase.

Perhaps we shall hear more "Geek speak" from the spirits as more and more of us from the technology age pass on.

9-11 WTC ghost voice?

White Noise is Real claims to have an EVP taken at the WTC two years after the 9-11 accident. The ghost voice you hear is very disturbing.

Richard Smith, author of the EVP book "Everyplace I go is Haunted" (buy it) gave two EVP recording lessons to his brother Mike and his girlfriend Alica before they captured this ghostly audio of a woman screaming for help at the WTC disaster site. There was, of course, no live woman screaming at the time.

A chilling EVP that makes me wonder if there are not more WTC samples out there.

Coffee Pot Ghost

"29% of people recommend KRUPS Crystal Arome Plus Time Coffee Machine"
(presumably, to make coffee with)
Ghosts on the other hand, recommend the KRUPS Crystal Arome Plus Time Machine 10 to 1 over conventional methods of scaring the crap out of people!" Coffee Pot Ghost

Charli thinks her coffee pot is haunted. After hearing her evidence, so do I.

With a nack for finding the funny in the fantastic, is a website full of humor and some pretty interesting EVP samples too.

It seems back in May of 2001 "they" started talking and now a Krups Coffee Pot may be the Earth's preferred method of communication with the other side. Are we going to see infomercials with ghosts advertising Krups coffee pots on TV come January?

There is a lot here on EVP and ton's of recordings. While Charli's design is a little scattered and it's really weird to go from " Grandma got run over by a reindeer " to listening to EVP voices, her content is excellent. Great writing and lot's of wonderful EVP samples.

More on the Coffee Pot Ghost will obviously be forthcoming!

Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Possible EVP off Guitar Amp

Zack, a guest at the white noise movie discussion board, has a possible EVP sample that sure gave me the creeps. Universal Pictures :: View topic - Possible EVP off Guitar Amp

He was recording with a mic in front of his humming guitar amp for about 30 seconds just to see what happened. After reviewing the tape, he found an interesting noise about 20 seconds in that was different than the very steady buzz of the amplifier. If you listen carefully it really does sound like a faint voice saying something.

Since he was curious he ran it through Adobe Audition audio software and amplified it and reduced some of the noise. The audio he captured made me jump out of my seat!

"How are you" the voice says. After going back to the original recording, I do believe I can hear that same phrase without amplification. Or my mind is playing tricks on me.

Check it out for yourself.

EVP Samples from Europe

Tina Laurent's EVP Voice Example asks a question many have wondered for ages. Do spirits pray?

Tina, a long time EVP researcher, experimenter and lecturer who lives in Wales, dared to ask if the spirits pray to God. Using a french radio program for background noise, she could hardly expect the clearly english response "Of course I pray, the very idea".

This EVP is very clear at the begining. I find it interesting how the english words do seem to form from the french sounds in the background. But being unfamiliar with french, I cannot say for sure if these words might naturally form in an english speaker's mind when listening to background voices using sounds found in french or if it a supernatural phenomenon.

I do have to disagree with the interpretation here. I hear more clearly, "what a silly idea" than "the very idea". But if the speaker has an english accent, this might explain it.

Linda Williams of Scottland has captured some interesting EVP with a heavy accent. While her carreer seems to have started battling a "negative entity" she has since captured many interesting recordings. While none of these is very clear to the american ear, I blame much of that on my lack of experience hearing Scottish accents.

"I need a match" is said to be heard in her first sample which she believes is her grandfather who was always without a light. You can clearly hear the word "match" but I can't be sure of the rest. This recording could also be of past events.

Her next examples "I see her" and "good luck" also make me wonder about bands of ghosts traveling together. Could the spirit have been refering to actually seeing Williamson? Then why would she say "I see her" as if talking to yet a third person?

Well, it seems there are a lot of interesting EVPs being captured on the other side of the pond.

EVP Samples by Martha Copeland

Martha Copeland's EVP recordings show personalities may make it to the other side completely in tact. Perhaps we don't stop worrying about the living when we go and may even get testy at times once there.

Martha's daughter, Cathy, died as a young woman. One day her dog "Dojo" was accidentally left in the house by himself with a voice activated digital recorder. It seems Dojo was a bad dog and tore up the house while everyone was gone. When they played back the tape, they could hear Cathy saying "Dojo No!".

The questions this sample raises are two fold:

1- Can dogs hear these voices? Either Dojo did not hear Cathy, or he chose not to listen since it seems there is very little she could do in the way of discipline. He may have also heard her and been so excited, he just tore up the house.

2- I'll bet Cathy had said hundreds of times "Dojo No" when she was living. If EVPs are recordings of the past, this could be a sample.

Her next EVP is actually kind of funny. Perhaps even ghosts get testy or decide to be sarcastic.

Martha kept recording the voice of a grumpy old man. She thought it sounded like her grandfather, but was unsure. When she asked "can you tell me the grump's name" during and EVP session, an old voice sarcastically replies "Tell her it's Satan!"

I thought this one might be somewhat scary. But no, it does sound like an old man being sarcastic or encouraging someone else to play a practical joke.

This clip raises the questions: Was grandpa sarcastic like that in life? Could it be from the past and are there other spirits with him encouraging him to joke like a pack of school boys? That's funny.

Karen Mossey EVP Voice Examples

The AA-EVP Voice Examples continue with two from Karen Mossey.

Mossey, as well as many friends and relatives recognize this voice as that of Karen's father. He was a legislator in life and it seems perhaps in death too.

"I love you" is clearly heard and does sound like a man's voice.

"I'm gonna pass a law... to pay you" is not so clear. You can clearly make out the "pass a law" and then "to pay you", but the beginning is not clear to me.

I am curious as to what kind of laws they might have in the after life. What could he be referring to as a "law to pay her", a living person here on earth?

These samples also make me wonder about the EVP theory that what is captured is not spirit in nature, but residual energy from our own pasts. Both of these phrases would have been spoken by him in their home hundreds of time. If this theory holds any water, samples such as this would be expected if recorded there.

Monday, December 20, 2004

Sarah Estep's EVP Recordings

As founder of the AA-EVP, an organization created in the early 1980's dedicated to the study and research of Electronic Voice Phenomenon and the author of the bestselling EVP book 'Voices of Eternity', I have to assume Sarah Estep will have some of the best EVP recordings available and I'm right.

I was disappointed there are so few EVP samples on her website and it seems the six tape audio series she authored is no longer available. Perhaps that will change as interest in this amazing phenomenon grows in the next few months. I'd like to hear it.
See Sarah Estep's EVP recordings page at the AA-EVP

I started with track #32 of the Spirit/Space Tape, Side 1 entitled 'We're down beside ya'.
I picked this particular example because it has to be run backwards to hear. I am always skeptical when listening to backward ran recordings. It's easy to hear things in a voice run backwards. I used to have a blast in school playing with the reel to reel and have heard some of the funniest things doing this. But this recording is different.

It seems Sarah was sitting in her office reading one night when she noticed a black and silver object several feet from her that was spinning a foot off the floor. As is normal in the paranormal, it only lasted for two seconds and she was unable to identify it. When she recorded for EVP the next morning she asked about the strange object. When the tape was played backward they heard a male voice say "We're down beside ya".

Got the creeps yet?

I sure do. The male voice is very clear and articulate and comes well after Sarah's voice in the recording. (Or would that be before her voice since it's run backwards?) It doesn't sound threatening or menacing in any way. Just what you might expect if someone was letting you know where they were.

I have to say I don't have a problem with this sample being played backwards simply because we are not listening to any other voices at the time the EVP comes through. This is obviously a Class A EVP and I am amazed at the clarity and emotion found in the voice.

I quickly move on to Track #20 of the same tape entitled 'Death no more a Casket'. I think the horror fan in me just wants to finally hear something really spooky, but this EVP is anything but spooky. In a sing-songy kind of ghost voice you can hear a man say what does sound like "Death no more a Casket". But I'm not sure about the casket part and if you play it over and over it sounds russian or something. My brain just runs it all together.

Next is track 19 on tape 1, side 2 entitled 'That is your girl'. This EVP is also from a backwards playing of a recording. It does sound like a woman's voice saying "That is your girl". It is very clear and there is little recorded sound around the sample.

The most "heavenly" example of an EVP I've heard yet is track #14 from tape 1 titled 'I found you there'. When Sarah asks "Were you aware that I was on the porch last evening when I went out there?", a singing voice, sounding like a choir of angels, responds "I found you there". Heavenly, but definitely gives you the chills. Very clear and creepy EVP recording.

It seems Sarah Estep is quite talented and skilled at capturing EVP ghost voices. Her samples are clear and she is obviously eminent in her field as a researcher. She also seems to have great luck capturing voices that have to be played backwards to be heard. I bet I'll run into more of her stuff on my Journey and perhaps even get to ask her to tell me some stories herself.

Books by Sarah Estep

EVP Ghost Voice Interpretation

In my previous post, The Electronic Voice Phenomenon: Are the EVP Ghost Voices in the White Noise Movie Real or Fake? I found the controversy over the "Ruth Baxter" recording's interpretation to be quite interesting. I expected hollywood to change names and such, but I was pretty sure the voice on the White Noise movie trailer said "I will see you no more" until I heard it while reading the text 'I was seeing the war'. Now I'm not so sure what it says.

I was wondering how seeing text or being told what a poor quality recording of a "ghost voice" is saying might influence what we hear. As I mentioned in Listening to EVP Recordings, I've seen many people argue over what recording artists are singing on their albums. I've even worked concerts where I misunderstood the band and they were right there live, amplified and digitally processed for clarity. Check out the Yahoo misunderstood lyrics page for a million examples. EVP recordings might not be much different. features over 825 submissions from people who hear the Beatles singing different things. In the song Time, by Pink Floyd, I myself thought for years the lyric was 'Taking away the moments that make up a dull day', when in fact, it is actually 'Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day'. Sometimes we might hear what we want to hear, especially when asking a question or longing to speak with a departed loved one.

But, in all fairness, wouldn't a ghost or other entity say things that might be appropriate to an asked question or a particular place or action on the part of the living? It only makes sense that if you are communicating with someone in another dimension via a crude listening device, you may have to infer their meaning based on your familiarity with this person or the conversation's context rather than what you actually hear.

Think of it like this: If you were talking to your significant other on a bad cell phone connection when they asked "did you take the trash out to the dumpster?", I doubt you would take all your cash out to the trash even if that is what you heard you were to do. You would assume she meant the trash because you were talking about the chores you had not done lately and not your huge amount of expendable cash laying around that is taking up too much closet space.

Sprint has made a fortune from the funny cell phone commercials where the people hear things wrong and get saved by the man in black. See their latest commercials.

So, I have to conclude that the question still remains: Are these real voices or just our minds playing tricks with sound and creating what we think we want to hear? Right now it could go either way since misunderstood conversations happen often with the living. I shouldn't expect the dead or multi dimensional to speak any more clearly than we do.

Are the EVP Ghost Voices in the White Noise Movie Real or Fake?

I quickly find the answer to the burning question I and everyone else will have:

Are the EVP recordings from the movie White Noise real or a hollywood fake? We have the answer to at least the one attributed to 'Ruth Baxter who died in 1987'.

It turns out this one is actually both real and a fake! Sarah Estep, founder of the AA_EVP, recorded the voice when visiting an old lighthouse that was once used as a civil war hospital. She believes it says "I was seeing the war" and no one has any idea who Ruth Baxter is.
"I will see you no more" or "I was seeing the war"? Listen and decide

A notice on her evp recordings page explains the whole thing.
It is interesting that we have had several messages from visitors to this site that have wanted us to know that they hear the EVP we call, "I was seeing the war," in other ways. For instance, "I was seeing the water" or "I will see you no more." We can understand how these alternative interpretations are possible. Sarah was in a lighthouse that was used as a Civil War hospital, and it is natural for her to have been looking for a Civil War related interpretation. Someone listening to the EVP in a different setting could very easily hear the utterance in a different way. Sarah has given her permission for Universal to use this example with the interpretation that better supports the story in White Noise. We do not know who the person is to which Universal attributes the voice.
And that answers that. At least this one, and I suspect a few more, of the EVP voices from the movie White Noise are real. Just expect hollywood to embellish a little bit with the details.

Check this out: Evidence Ruth Baxter may have rehearsed for the movie in NM?