The team was asked to visit this charming old inner Auckland city home which had been converted into two flats and is apparently displaying on-going potentially paranormal occurrences, experienced by those that live there.
The house was just a stones throw from the popular Three Lamps precinct and very close to the buzz of the ever-humming Ponsonby Road.
The residents of this house were a group of young people, who had only recently moved in, but some of the group reported seeing apparitions, hearing disembodied voices and other mysterious occurrences.
The house has been turned into two flats. We were asked to investigate the ground floor of the house where all the activity was focused on the rear bathroom, the two adjacent bedrooms, the hallway outside these rooms and the storage cupboard under the stairs and opposite the two bedrooms concerned.
The residents believe the street they live on may have once been a hub for gentlemen’s clubs and Brothels and that their particular home was one of them. We were unable to find any documentation to support this claim, however this can be confirmed for another street within the area.
- The shower was heard to turn itself on full force when no one was in the bathroom.
- A dark shadow figure has been seen in the bathroom.
- The apparition of a man has been seen in the bathroom.
- The heater in the hallway has been known to turn itself off.
- The lights in the bedroom have been turned on and off while someone was asleep in the room.
- The French doors in the bedroom, which were locked from the inside, were opened and left that way while all the residents were out of the house.
- The storage cupboard underneath the stairs was emptied out one morning while no one was at home.
- A man’s voice was clearly heard saying “John, John, Johnny.” (This was in response to one of the ladies who lived there asking the name of their “extra tenant”.)
- Some of the residents reported being touched.
Investigators for this session: Mark, Barbara, Kimberley and Sam
Cool and overcast. It had been drizzling earlier in the evening but had stopped by the time we started the investigation.
Barbara: The house looked so big from the outside but seemed so much smaller once we were inside).
Sam: My first impression walking up to the front door of this residence was that compared to it’s modernised neighbours along the street – this house still had a look about it that suggested that it had stood the test of time. I imagined that many people had walked through the same front door through the years and that surely there was a story or two to be told about it. On entering, it was typically a student flat. Home to allegedly seven flatmates, both male and female all ranging between believers and non-believers when it came to the topic of ghostly activity happening within its walls.
Kim: My first impression upon entering the house was that it was a large older house with high ceilings a typical inner city house. I got the impression of crowding as there we three people sharing a room and seven people that lived in the house.
Temperatures in affected areas:
First Bedroom 18 13.8
Bathroom 18 13.4
Second (Girls)B/room 18 13.7
Hallway 18 12.4
Kim: The only cold spot I felt was in the girls bedroom the surface temperature was 13.6 degrees and it did not drop further than that, however it felt much colder than that.
Odd Energy Readings:
- 1 mg in hallway and in under stairs cupboard areas. No wiring or power sources found.
- Power points and switch were flat. All visible wiring and phone cabling also flat.
- In two of the bedrooms, the EMF meter was showing energy levels ranging from .5 to 1mg in the centre of the rooms at roughly about head level.
- First bedroom, just inside door gave a reading of 1.5mg, slightly higher than the other. Noted around the front door area were energy field well off the scale. Highest, when the meter was placed on the floor in a 2 meter length of the front entrance.
- A power distribution box was fixed at the front door, so we assumed for now that the energy fields were caused by bulk wiring from the power box, fed down the hallway ( under the floor boards) to the rest of the house.
Mark: I found the varying levels of EMF around the house interesting. Whether It was a simple case of wiring behind the walls and under floorboards, I couldn’t say without breaking through the walls to find out. The way that small energy patches, all hanging at about head / eye height, were detected and were able to be tracked as they seemingly moved around the room, was interesting. Possibly not paranormal in nature, but still interesting as there didn’t appear to be any obvious reasons for it. .
After being given a tour of the home, highlighting all the ‘paranormal hotspots’ and a run down of all the previous activity, we set up equipment in these areas in the hopes of documenting evidence to give us some direction or investigative structure to start with, or perhaps some practical reasoning behind the stories. The team conducted a Class 2 investigation which included taking hundreds of photos, hours of video and audio recordings of the location’s temperature and energy level readings. Tripod placed cameras as well as motion and EMF / temp sensors were positioned in specific areas of interest. We held several communication sessions using various recorders, trigger objects, and at times a ‘Spirit box’ in order to try to attempt to capture any unusual audio. We checked the alleged activity areas attempting to find reasons for the reported occurrences.
Barbara: It was not the best of conditions for an investigation. The area involved was a small part of a house and there were people in all other areas of the house who had no interest in our investigation so were speaking loudly and moving around. There was music going somewhere, talking and laughter coming from upstairs and the tv was going in the downstairs flat. Despite this we took video of all areas, audio recordings of the whole investigation, took hundreds of photos and monitored EMF and temperature levels throughout the whole area.
Mark: This case was a little tricky as we were at a disadvantage from the beginning due to a flatmate deciding to bring a number of friends home for a party upstairs while we were there . Loud conversation and music, plus much walking around upstairs made any audio recording or communication we attempted, rendered unusable.
The following possible EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomenon)was recorded in the girls’ bedroom during a communications session with a Spirit Box: < https://soundcloud.com/barbarac-1/dedwood-terrace-yes-four>
(There were in fact four people in the room)
Kim: The bedroom that the girls were sharing stood out to me as the atmosphere was different and also the bedroom closest to the front door also stood out as it also had a different atmosphere and I felt like I was ‘being watched.’
During our investigation the Haunted Auckland team did not witness any paranormal activity. Unfortunately we were unable to conduct a thorough investigation due to others being present in the home but not part of the investigation. The conditions were not suitable for any controlled investigation as there were far too many contaminants which would have interfered with our data gathering. A couple of team members admitted to ‘feeling’ things during the session, however. While anecdotal experiences are interesting, they are unable to be recorded, verified or documented with any of the required solid data to be put forward as conclusive or valid evidence. We feel they are still worthy of mention and so are stated on this report in the name of general interest. Although we were hindered by the disruptions, we felt that the session was a good team training exercise, so was not a total loss.
Sam: In the short time I was there I did not experience anything that would suggest a haunting of any kind.; Other than what I can only describe as a “feeling” where the hair stood up on my head and I felt something brush past me in the bathroom (which was later confirmed as the spot the black figure was seen). I will put this down to coincidence and simply standing next to a window.
Kim: Scientifically, I didn’t capture anything that would say the house is haunted however I feel that there was a presence in the house. I was unable to capture this in any of my equipment.
Barbara: I think there is a possibility of a residual energy in the home. This is indicated by the odd EMF readings recorded, my feelings of there being someone around us, while we were investigating and the reports from the people who live in the house. I didn’t see or hear anything that would make me believe there was an intelligent haunting in the house.
Mark: The people we spoke too were friendly and sincere. We have no reason to assume they are fabricating stories and feel that there might be some substance in the accounts, but until we can engage a more controlled investigation environment we cant really gather anything conclusive to say either way at this point.