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Electronic Voice Phenomenon: How the Skeptics Got It Wrong (Part 3)

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 1:00
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**This is a series for Ghost Hunting Theories written by Jim Kelly, the EVP specialist in our Arizona paranormal think tank group.** 

Are Disembodied Sounds Better Evidence than EVP?

Some paranormal investigators will use headphones to monitor EVP sessions. They believe that EVP can be heard when it is captured on audio recording devices. I used to believe this as well until I realized that EVP was imprinted phenomena which we covered in article #2.

Paranormal sounds or voices that occur live or in real time can be classified as disembodied type phenomena.

Headphones are a great tool to use to identify this type of event during investigations. However, paranormal investigators believe they are intercepting EVP when in actuality they are probably hearing disembodied voices or sounds.

I stopped using headphones during controlled EVP sessions when almost every sound I heard turned out to be very common noises occurring naturally. It can throw off your focus and concentration during an investigation.

Paranormal footsteps are a common type of disembodied sound. Many people have heard ghostly footsteps that have no explanation to their origin. However, you must be sure that the phenomena is paranormal and not someone making those sounds.

A few years ago I was preparing to teach a class in EVP to several students at the Vulture Mine near Wickenburg, Arizona. The Vulture Mine was once the largest producing gold mine in the state but was closed down during the Second World War. It was eventually sold to private owners who allowed the public to visit the 1.5 mile property and tour the old, dilapidated buildings for a small fee.

Assay House: This is where the gold was stored. Armed guards lost their lives protecting it from attacks from Apaches and bandits. This is the largest building on site.

Glory Hole:  In 1923, 7 men and 12 burros were killed while chipping away gold from support beams in the shaft at the Vulture Mine. This area was aptly given the name “The Glory Hole” since these thieves went to their glory that day. Their bodies have never been recovered and mining operations have now resumed in this location.

Cemetery: This is the small cemetery located just down the road from the Vulture mine. Many of the graves are those of children who passed away during the horrific influenza outbreak of 1918.


Our group was conducting training that day followed by a night time training investigation to show students what we did in the field of paranormal investigation. The caretaker of the property decided to give a short history lecture about the mine to the students near the main entrance about a quarter of a mile away from where I was. I decided to stay behind and watch our equipment located inside the old schoolhouse, a building always rumored to be very haunted.

It was late afternoon and very warm that day when I decided to conduct a quick EVP session to pass time. I was about three minutes into the EVP session when loud footsteps sounded and walked past me to the left from behind me and out the back door. As you can see from the photo below, the building had no doors or windows intact. An A- framed roof torn in several areas with an old creaky wooden floor added to the haunted atmosphere of the structure. The building had no attic, basement, or second floor.

Outside schoolhouse: I was standing near the middle of the building when this disembodied event happened. 

This is a photograph of exactly where I was standing. You will hear me ask for the two raps on the wall and what I got was four very loud footsteps to me left that went out the back door. These are the loudest footsteps that I have ever captured on audio.

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