Investigation / Research / Documentation
Johnsdale Paranormal Group
In 2010, we were contacted by the Nelson family who claimed to have some odd things happening in their house. Many of their claims seemed to revolve around various electronic devices. Things such as the TV turning itself on and off, children's toys going off when nobody is playing with them, odd noises coming through a baby monitor, and a ceiling fan in the dining room spinning on its own were some of the phenomena that were attempting to find answers for. There was also an interesting claim from a relative of the family who had been staying over night at their house on a certain occasion. The relative was sleeping in the guest room in the basement, and had woken up at one point during the night. Upon looking over at the night stand to see what time it was, the relative claimed that the clock was actually hovering a few inches in the air as if someone were holding it, and then set it back down on the night stand.
On the day of our investigation, Justin and William arrived early to conduct a walkthrough of the house in order to get a better idea for how to set up the equipment for the investigation. They were in the house for approximately three minutes when one of the children's toys sitting in the living room went off by itself. Upon inspecting the toy, they realized that it was set to "motion activation", so an infant could lay underneath and turn it on by movement. They tried to get the toy to go off again under the same conditions, but the only thing that would turn it on was motion directly under the sensor. They even changed the batteries on the toy, but nothing changed. There was no explanation for why it went off by itself with nobody near it. That was the only time it happened while a group was present in the house that day.
At one point during the actual investigation, we noticed that the TV had turned itself on in the living room, so the four of us went in to investigate further. We spent a significant amount of time trying to get the TV to turn itself on again, but were unable to recreate the occurrence. However, at some point during the time we were all in the living room, something had caused the ceiling fan in the dining room to start spinning slowly. One of our investigators had walked by and noticed that the blades of the fan were spinning and alerted the rest of the group. We had specifically documented at the start of the investigation that the ceiling fan was powered off, all the wall switches were in the off position, and the remote control for the fan was sitting on the dining room table with the batteries removed, so the fact that the blades were spinning seemed to be a very strange occurrence. As we were in the dining room investigating the ceiling fan, we decided to physically stop the fan blades to see if they would continue to spin from a stopped position- they did not. We then went over to the wall switch and powered the fan on to the lowest possible setting. We noticed that the slowest setting while the fan was powered on, was much faster that the fan was spinning when we first entered the dining room. There were no windows open in the house, and the air conditioner/furnace was not powered on at that time. It seemed as though someone or something physically manipulated the fan in order to make it spin on its own. You can watch the footage of the fan starting to spin at the bottom of the page.