The Pennsylvania Paranormal Association - Research and Investigation

File No: 10-26-062
The PPA Investigation at Parker House Tavern
Location: Scranton, PA - Lackawanna County

Investigation Date and Duration:
September 25, 2010 6pm – 3am

Location Status:
This is a two story farm house with a full attic and basement built in the 1800's occupied by two adults, one toddler, the family dog and a rabbit. The home sits at the base of a mountain where coal and iron ore mines were in operation in the 1800’s, some within just a few feet from the home.

Reported Activity:
The clients reported living in this home for about three months. During that time, they had started renovations of several rooms. The clients began seeing shadows around the house, feeling breezes and cold spots in sealed rooms, hearing footsteps on the second floor in the hallway and toddler's room and related that their daughter is very unsettled in their new home and no longer sleeps well. The family dog acts very out of the ordinary at times and appears to react to something that they cannot see. The clients related that everyone who enters the home feels something is wrong there. The clients also believe that they have found a large unmarked cemetery in the woods behind their home and feel like they are being watched and are afraid to go outside at night.

DVR System with four IR cameras

Digital Cameras (1)
Digital Voice Recorders (5)
External microphones (2)
EMF gauge (3)
Camcorder w/ night shot (2)
Thermometer (2)
Full Spectrum Camcorder (1)
Thermal Imaging Camera (1)
Laptop Computer
Motion Sensors (2)
IR Boosters (3)

Laser Grid (1)

Investigators Present:






Paranormal Weather:
Geomagnetic Field: Normal
Solar X-Rays: Quiet
PWO: Average

Moon Phase: 94% of full - Waning Crescent

Technical Notes: 
Nothing to Report

VR1 - Digital Voice Recorder: Stationary in the baby’s bedroom
- Digital Voice Recorder: Stationary in the living room
- Digital Voice Recorder: Mobile with Investigators
- Digital Voice Recorder: Stationary in the Attic
- Digital Voice Recorder: Stationary in the basement

No physical evidence captured on audio at the time of the investigation.

DVR Cam1 - Viewing master bedroom
DVR Cam2
- Viewing living room
DVR Cam3
- Viewing baby’s bedroom and second floor hallway
DVR Cam4
- Viewing basement
Camcorder #1
 Mobile with investigators
Camcorder #2
 Mobile with investigators
Full Spectrum Camcorder
 Mobile with investigators
Thermal Imaging Camera
 Mobile with investigators

No physical evidence captured on video at the time of the investigation.

No photos of evidential value were discovered.

EMF (Electro Magnetic Field):
Standard baseline readings were taken throughout the residence with expected spikes near electrical appliances. Elevated readings were measured in the basement along the main support beam coming from old wiring. These elevated levels can be the cause of some of the weird feelings in the basement such as the feeling that one was being watched. No anomalous readings were detected.

Investigator Feelings / Personal Experiences:
No notable experiences reported.

Metaphysical Impressions:
Virginia, The PPA Psychic Medium, felt that there was a lot of activity on the left side of the home.  She believed that people had been buried on the mountain above the home and to the left as well.  These people would have been previous property owners who once lived and worked in the mines on the mountain. Virginia felt energy is coming down to the home from the mines and something very secret went on in the mines, such as hiding slaves or something with the Army in the 1800's. Virginia believes people were hurt or killed working in the mines. Some names that Virginia picked up were Pitts or Potts, Lovelace - something to do with a school, Williams or William who was connected with the mines, Thomas - a slave that was going to Canada but stayed. Virginia felt strongly that there were many slaves on the property. Virginia also picked up on the names Smith or Schmidt, David - was an uncle to a man named Jeremiah, one of the past property owners and a French name of Cereole. Virginia also picked up on the client's cousin, Tina, who was killed by a train but not stuck at this home, just in and out. Virginia felt a lot of family moves in and out but again, were not stuck in any way. Virginia felt that the property had something to do with Free Masons and another secret society. Virginia also sensed a young girl who drowned in the middle 1800's about 9 to 11 years of age. Virginia felt very strongly that there was nothing negative in the home or anything that was physically harmful. Virginia believes that there is residual energies that come down from the mountain behind the house along with miners coming up and down.

During the course of the investigation on this particular date, investigators had a no personal experiences to report and no physical evidence was documented to definitively determine a haunting was taking place. Investigators did find some rodent habitation in the basement along with elevated magnetic fields around the support beam running across the center of the room. This field was created from old electrical wiring. Some possible explanations for the family dog’s sometimes odd behavior could be caused from sensing rodents in the basement at times. Knocks and bangs heard in the basement could also be caused by rodents. Creepy feelings or the feeling that one is being watched in the basement can be caused by the increased magnetic field present there. Although these are just a few alternative explanations for certain feelings or experiences in the basement, they do not rule out a majority of the activity the clients have reported and no “normal” causes could be found for the remaining activity.

Based on the clients concerns and fears of living at this location with activity, The PPA asked resident psychic medium Virginia Centrillo to try and clear the home as much as possible to reduce or stop the activity. Virginia believes that she was able to clear a male and female energy that was attached to the home but other spirits were not stuck and only sporadically present in the home. Virginia related that because of the history of the minors and their families who worked and lived all around this home and the many souls she felt on the mountain on which the home sits at the base of, the home may always be at risk to have some activity. Virginia will provide additional information to the family on how to keep the energy up in the home to reduce the amount of activity that may occur there and The PPA will continue to monitor the location for any change in activity.

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