Concept and History

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Unlike many other investigations we have done, the Wayside Inn is a prime location for experimentation with new equipment and an excellent resource for authentic tangible, and fairly reliable activity. The target rooms in the facility (9 & 10) have all of the elements of a good investigation destination, privacy, history and countless experiences documented in thousands of letters hidden in the room by the numerous guests throughout the years (Thanks to the Secret Drawer Society).  I have investigated this exciting location at least 6 times prior and the vast majority of my visits have produced what I feel are fairly un-explainable experiences that keep me coming back for more.  

Wayside Inn - In The News

The Inn, which dates back to the mid 1700's, is believed to be the haunted stomping ground of several dis-incarnate beings. Not the least of which is the enchanting Jerusha Howe, "the Belle of Sudbury", the eldest sibling of one of the Inn's original owners and the prime target of our in depth investigation. 

 It should be noted that both my team and I do not yet hold a firm belief that the experiences had at the Inn over the years are the result of "intelligent" interaction. Such a concept in this field of research has yet to be proven to our satisfaction and until such a time that gathered evidence supports the claim of "intelligence" by repeated and demonstrable  experiences, our research will focus on the elements that can be tangibly analyzed in the hopes of uncovering the statistical environmental and / or physical makeup of the activity at hand.

Evidence History

THE KNOCK - 

My first experience at the Inn was shared with 10 other individuals (many who are current members of our team) - During an investigation of Room 9 and very clear and apparent knock was heard on the room door. 11 individuals turned to look at the door and within seconds of the knock, the door was opened and no one was there.  The stairway outside the door is very steep and very creaky.  It was very unlikely that anyone could have knocked on that door and escaped down the stairs while going unnoticed.  Everyone in the room that day concurred.
THE PIANO - 

On July 26th 2011, I recorded nearly 20 minutes of random piano playing at 4:10 AM. The piano, while faint, was heard audibly. Knowing that Jerusha's piano still existed in the Inn, I went downstairs to the museum to have a look. The 16th century piano was not only unoccupied, but sealed up and behind glass.  It should be noted that the piano music did not emanate from the museum room.  In fact the piano music faded the further away from Rm 9 I got. The next morning I confirmed with the front desk that the piano I saw in the museum was the only piano in the Inn, and other guests have claimed to hear the piano as well.  Our sample below is noisy due to a faulty audio recorder.  But the piano is clearly heard.

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The Image above is a spectrum analysis of the piano music captured. As you can see the notes are clearly identified.  It is believed that this is possibly part of the "The Battle Of Prague" - A song that was frequently played by Jerusha during her time at the Inn.  

THE SHADOW -
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This video represents some of the finest video evidence we've seen. ParaBoston Investigator Jonathan Smith reserved a room an the Wayside Inn in Sudbury, MA. Claims from other Inn residents stated that the spirit of Jerusha tends to bother male occupants while they sleep, and many times people have seen shadows moving in the corner of the room. This video captures just that.  To the right of the bed you will see a faint shadow leave the floor and fly upward.  This was not caused by any external means and we deem this video to be 100% authentic.

Equipment Developed For This Investigation

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For this investigation we have decided to try a new piece of equipment that I have created for capturing both EVP's and Electro-Magnetic fields simultaneously.  The scientific principles employed  in this "microphone" have been used in this field before, both intentionally and accidentally.  This device functions on the principle of magnetic induction, the same way a traditional dynamic microphone works, however there are slight alterations in this particular device that make it unique. In addition to two large copper plates creating a tunable condenser element, combinations of multiple coils tuned for specific frequency ranges using different winding amounts and wire gauges are selectable via a switching system that is used in conjunction with a 153 lb neodymium magnet for increased sensitivity. It should be noted that this microphone has NO diaphragm and is incapable of recording standard audio. 


Two of these devices (each tuned differently and on separate axis) will be used on site and record to two 24bit recording devices.   Because of their design they will not only capture EVP without the intrusive background audio, they will serve as a very sensitive EMF meter that will display full spectrum analysis of any stray EMF field in the area, allowing us to discern between different EMF fields and rule out any "man-made" sources.

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Another experiment being performed here involves the reactions and sensitivity of plant life during paranormal activity. The principles behind this experiment were first made popular by Cleve Baxter during the 1970's. Baxter claimed that all living things are linked and therefore even plants can show fear and anticipation of other living beings in the room. To my knowledge however, these ideas were never applied to paranormal research until now.  To conduct this experiment I needed to create a skin galvanization meter that could record data for the entire night.  A picture of the device I created is to the left. This meters probes will be clipped to a plant's leaf and 240 samples per second of the leafs conductivity will be recorded.  If the plant reacts to the environment (as Baxter claims) the plant's conductivity (or Galvanization) will increase and show a reading on the meter. Will it work?  Time will tell.


The Investigation...

Because the numerous claims of previous occupants of the room seem to mention that the activity often centers around  male guests, we have elected a volunteer to stay in the room over night while our equipment records any potential activity.

Our team arrived at the Inn in the early Afternoon hours of May 26th and proceeded to set up our equipment. Video cameras were strategically placed to cover all angles of the room and in addition to our DVR night vision camera set, we employed one professional Panasonic AG100X which would be focused primarily on the bed and wall where the shadows previously appeared. Ultimately our goal was to mimic the camera angle of the "shadow figure" video shown above. Also, in hopes of having similar results, we decided to leave the lights on just as they were in the original evidence video.  

A high powered shotgun microphone was employed to capture even the smallest audible sounds in the room.  This was done to create a suitable reference track should we need to correlate any of the camera footage. The microphone may also prove useful should the piano music manifest again. 



On the dresser we placed a house plant and tablet that were both hooked to the galvanization meter. Tests were performed and the meter was properly calibrated for the evening ahead. Additionally the two EMVP coils were placed on a single microphone stand approximately 4 feet high. The coils were positioned to cover two primary axis (Z and X) and the output was connected to a high quality audio recorder set to record .wav files at a 48K sample rate (the highest quality setting available).  The recorders had enough memory and battery life to record continuously for 36 hours (although we wouldn't need that much space).

All of the cameras in the room (8 in total) were wired back to Room 10 and plugged in to the DVR system. Recording began immediately. The majority of team left the Inn around 8:30 PM, with the exception of myself and our test subject Jason.  I would occupy room 10 and monitor the equipment and Jason would occupy the target room (9). It should be noted that Jason has not had any previous paranormal investigation experience.

During the night I noticed no strange activity first hand but Jason, in room 9, had an unusual experience as soon as the night began.  When returning to his room and preparing to settling in for the night, he noticed the sound of water coming from the bathroom. Upon opening the door he noticed the water had been running, the faucet was fully open.  Assuming that one of the members of the team left it on before leaving the Inn, he simply shut it off and went to bed. 

The next morning, Jason informed me of the water experience and demonstrated what he saw. During our evidence review, we carefully examined the video to see who the last person was to enter the bathroom.  It was Jason. Of course it would seem that Jason simply left the water on himself but the audio from the high powered microphone tells another story. As you will see below, Jason first used the bathroom at 7:51 PM and exited the bathroom at 7:52 PM. During the moments he had the door open (average 10 seconds each) running water was not heard on the microphone. However, when he re-entered the bathroom at 8:42 the running water is clearly heard.  See this and additional evidence below:
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Jason entering the bathroom - No water was heared.
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Jason exiting the bathroom - No water heared.
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Jason discovering the water running - Water was heared.
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Jason exiting the bathroom after shutting the water.
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Water Sound Not Present
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Water Sound Shown at 2k - Turn Off Apparent
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At 3:45 AM the EMVP Wand captured an evidence sample. The image to the left shows a spectro-graph of the EMVP output during that time. The dark purple area represents the hiss noise from the audio recorder and the light pink areas represent complex waves of EMF that can be audibly heard in the recording (i.e. an EVP).  The recording is what appears to be a woman crying - and quite aggressively. The sound is faint mainly due to the EMVP wand design and the source distance from the wand. But the definition is clear. (You will need headphones to hear this sample) Because of the extremely low noise of this design, and the absence of recorded audio, this sample was identified. Traditional audio samples such as the ones above contain far too much background noise to identify recordings of this nature.  From this experiment we now have sufficient data to effectively redesign the  EMVP device and specifically target the frequencies and components needed to capture this vocal phenomena  in a greater more defined volume.

 


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