I am going to do something that you won't see many people in this field do. I am going to cast a broad net of doubt over several of the recent audio clips that I have presented from the "Unwanted Guests" case. I hope you will understand that I came upon this doubt honestly.
Here is the situation. We collected several possible EVPs during the case. The problem, which was always acknowledged when they were posted, was that the clips in question all appeared on multiple devices. This is VERY uncommon in the world of EVPs.
The two most common types of EVP are generally theorized to be energy (EMF) based where energy is manipulated and sound wave based where existing sounds are manipulated. Either or both are used to create sounds and voices that we can recognize.
EMF based EVPs in particular are rarely caught on more than one device because of the small area involved in the field.
Sound based EVPs can be caught on more than one device but rarely sound the same on more than one. The general rule is that one device will tend to capture the original nature of the audio and other recorders may capture the resulting manipulated audio.
In this case we had several questionable audio clips that we thought COULD be paranormal in nature that were captured on multiple devices with very little variation. While I tried to justify whether the EVP field could have been big enough to reach all the devices or that the devices where close enough together that they could have all caught a manipulated sound result, in the end I have decided that I should flag them all as doubtful.
Here is what brought me to this point.
Late in the review I came across a clip that sounded strange. I had Teri find that spot in her audio so that we could compare. On both recorders we thought we heard the words "prepare" and "fix my hair". Now the thing was, at this point in the investigation we were getting ready to say a prayer in hopes that the spirit of an older woman we felt we had encountered could "cross over" and those words were just the sort of thing one would expect a little old lady to say before she went to meet God.
Tonight I sat down with a fresh perspective (and apparently better hearing) and decided to go over it one more time before I posted it.
It just did not sound right. While the tone was different from the others from that evening, the circumstances were very similar to several of them. I asked Teri and then my EVP specialist Chris Smith to give it one more listen. Chris had not heard both files up until that point. Her decision was that it was the homeowners son saying that something had touched his hair. Possibly paranormal, but not what we were looking for.
We SHOULD have tagged it at the time. That was our first mistake. I can assure you that more dilegence will go into tagging our audio from this point forward especially when we have people present who are not used to our protocalls.
Anyhow, because we were able to debunk this clip that is so similar in circumstance to some of the others from that night, I wanted to "come clean" as it were.
None of the clips presented were meant to mislead anyone. They were presented as data pertaining to an investigation. We did note in each case that because of the clips being caught with multiple devices that we had our doubts.
The real "dig" here is that we purposely used multiple recording devices that night with the hope that we could eliminate false positives. After all, with two and three recorders running at a time you would think at least one of them would pick up any stray sound or voice clearly enough for easy identification.
So - in the event that anyone thought I was losing my touch by posting those clips - please accept my apologies in the event that anything was in fact misidentified or misinterpretted. I did my best, but decided that my best should be better than it was.
I still stand by my claims of activity in relation to the case however. This situation did not apply nor dismiss all of the audio clips that we recorded and our personal experiences ran well in line with what the homeowner had been experiencing for years.
Since we were there, no further activity has been experienced by the homeowner or her son.