By Richard Mario Procida, Esq.
After we arrived we met a young boy who was interested in ghosts. When we went into the museum before the investigation began, the young boy went up to the small window next to the the door, looked through it, turned and said: “This is where you will see her tonight.” I first thought about how the face of Georgia Graber had been seen in that window, but that wasn’t what the boy said.
He walked out and I followed. Outside the museum I caught up with him as asked: “Are you saying that I will see a ghost through that window tonight? He stopped, looked at me and smiled, then turned and walked away.
I knew I wanted to investigate the museum, but now I wanted to make sure to investigate it before I left.
When the investigation started, we broke up into groups. I went with Michelle and Cheryl to the vat room. Michelle had a lot of equipment and lead the investigation. She wanted to do EVP work in the back corner. I explored a little with the hyperbolic mic, then I sat with Michelle and Cheryl while Michelle conducted an EVP session. I didn’t want to interfere with Michelle’s investigation, and as a trainee I felt it appropriate to just listen, watch and learn.
The vat room is spooky. It’s a large room with a lot of dark corners. That type of environment can spook people. There was definitely a feeling that someone was watching me, but that is what spooky means. I didn’t experience anything definitive there.
Then we went to the labeling room. We investigated the report of lights in the room and discovered that there are holes in the wall of the loft. Light from flash cameras shine through the holes and reflect on the wall of the labeling room.
In the labeling room I used a K2 meter and a EMF detector which I placed near me as I sat in a meditative state and looked around the room. I didn’t experience anything in the labeling.
We then went to the loft. Michelle set up a lazer grid and camera in the storage area at the north end of the room. She put a recorder in a small cage box and a recorder outside the cage box in the center of the loft. She then read her list of questions for the EVP session. I sat with my K2 and EMF next to me. I attempted to maintain a mediative state to sense the presence of any spirts. I did not have any experience in the loft.
I had mentioned to Michelle that we really needed to make sure that we investigate the museum. After investigating the loft, Michelle and I went into the museum. We met Jennifer and Chris there. Jennifer was saying that she had been communicating with a spirt using her EMF dectector, but that it stopped when Hiro was there. Jennifer didn’t appear to get any communication after we arrived.
Michelle began deciding what equipment to use. I suggested a EVP session given the report that spirits like to talk in this room.
Then we heard a noise behind us. I went around the little wall and toward the rear door when suddenly the whole back corner of the room shook. I heard the door shake and saw and felt a vibration that shook the whole back corner of the museum near the rear door.
Some people said it might be people walking on the planks, but I insisted that the whole room shook such that it was unlikely be people walking on the planks. Earlier I had walked those planks, and they didn’t make that type of noise and vibration.
I went to the small rectangular window to the left of the back door and looked through it. I saw a five to five and a half foot stocky woman walking diagonallly from the middle of the room in front of the door toward the vat room. She had a round face, puffy cheeks, and a small chin. She may have been wearing some type of hairnet type hat, because I saw her curls coming out around the side of her face. She wore a long thick dress with what looked like multiple layers at the bottom. She had dark strap lines over her shoulder as if she were wearing some type of apron or protective covering over her dress. She walked about eight feet across the floor though and into the vat room when she looked at me. We made eye contact. Her eyes opened wide as if she were surprised to see me. She seemed to be walking right through what I thought was a barrier between the vats and the walkway behind the door.
I thought she was a person walking back there, especially have having made eye contact. I exclaimed, “There are people back there!” I turned and saw Jennifer behind me then turned back and looked out the window, but she was gone. Then I realized that there was no one back there at all. The investigation was finishing up and everyone except us was out front.
I was flabbergasted. I had been quiet the whole night not wanting to interfere in Michelle’s investigation, but now I began cussing. “What the fuck just happened.” I remember wanting to communicate with my team members what had just happened. I informed that that I may had just seen Georgia Graber.
I asked Jennifer to walk where she had just walked to try to determine whether it was a reflection, but I didn’t see anything. I remember having my face right up against the window and seeing the apparition walking across the floor in the other room, not a reflection in the window. The window was so small that my head would have blocked any reflection from behind me.
I wanted to do an EVP session, but I don’t remember doing it for very long. I did not have a recorder, and it was at the very end of the investigation. I wasn’t sure what my other team members had experienced or captured.
I was confused. I wasn’t sure what had just happened. I would describe it a mind bending experience. I felt a twisting numbness in my head. I felt confused and tired. I needed to go figure this out. I felt speechless. I didn’t know what I would say at the meeting at Michael’s house. I may have been afraid or even embarassed. I didn’t feel right and wanted to go home.
I wish I would have had done more to confirm my experience. I didn’t have any equipment. I don’t know if anyone caught anything. No one gave me any direction. I felt frustrated.
It took a day or two for me to process what had happened. It was probably Georgia Graber. It looked like her, and an apparition of her face has been photographed in that window. No one there was dressed like the apparition. The apparition was a full bodied, head to toe. I saw her head and face all the say to her shoes. Her shoes appeared somewhat thick and rounded like work boots.
The eye contact is what made me think there was a real person in there. Anyone who saw my face in that window would likely be surprised at seeing me. I sensed awareness such that I thought it was an actual person. The experience was confusing. I wish I hadn’t looked away.
Next time I need to be sure to have some equipment like a digital recorder and camera to get evidence to confirm my experience.