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We’ve all taken photos in which small, round balls of pale gray lights are captured. We get excited, because we’re certain we’ve caught an actual spirit or ghost on camera. But, are all orbs actually spirits? 99% of the time, no, they are not. And today’s post is aimed at helping you get a better understanding of why. (more…)

Date: Sept. 9, 2017

Location: Private Residence

Investigators: Noelle, Shae, Holly

Claims: Items falling off furniture, pictures falling off walls, a fan in the living room goes on by itself, elevator goes to the wrong floor, tall male shadow figure, dog exhibiting unexplained tracking and other behaviors

Noted contaminants:  High EMF due to east-west power and phone lines junctioned by a north-south-running power line, all within 50 feet of the south-facing balcony; noise due to neighbours [thin walls and ceilings] and outside traffic [location is near a busy street].


Mount Royal, in Calgary’s central southwest, has two neighbourhoods: Upper Mount Royal and Lower Mount Royal. The two neighbourhoods are divided by an escarpment that runs east to west along Cameron and Royal Avenues. In the early 1900’s, the Canadian Pacific Railroad promoted the area as exclusive neighborhoods for the city’s affluent citizens; when Americans began emigrating to and settling in the city, the area became known as “American Hill.” Later, the area was formally named “Mount Royal”, after a Montreal community which was home to CPR president William E. Van Horne.

The area developed rapidly between 1904 and 1914. Lower Mount Royal was annexed to the city in 1907, and was a part of the CPR’s subdivision of Mount Royal in 1909. Most of the homes in the area were built between 1910 and 1912.  Mount Royal was home to elite families such as Colonel James Macleod and the A.E. Cross family. Unlike the Mount Royal district, however, Lower Mount Royal was subdivided into fifty foot lots; wood and stucco were the predominant building materials as compared to the brick and sandstone in Mount Royal.

The building in which the client resides was built in 1981.  The client’s condo unit underwent several structural and cosmetic renovations before they moved in.

Investigation Tools

Due to malfunctioning EMF detectors, the only equipment used in the investigation were voice recorders, video and still cameras, and – as an experimental tool only – a “white noise” app on Shae’s cell phone that also functions like an Ovilus or a ghost box. Noelle and Holly used features on their cell phones that turned the phones into levels, so that measurements could be taken on the floors and around the doorways. Just as prolonged exposure to high levels of EMF has been proven to have effects ranging from headaches to hallucinations, it has also been proven that floors, doorways, and stairs just two milimeters out of square or off level can create sensations such as uneasiness, feeling disoriented, dizziness, and other similar effects.

The Investigation

Shae, Noelle, and Holly arrived at the location just after 7pm.  The client had a friend over, and, at our request, they went outside to the balcony, where they would remain for the duration of the investigation. All open windows were closed to minimize outside noise contamination. As requested during the preliminary meeting, the dog was not present. While Noelle and Holly began setting up their video cameras and placing the voice recorders, Shae had the white-noise app on his phone warming up.

The team began the investigation in the living room. Using one of the dog’s small toy balls, Noelle invited whatever entities may be present to indicate their presence by moving the ball. Holly’s camera was placed on a tripod and set to “video” to record the session.  While the ball did not move at all, the app on Shae’s phone began to repeat the following words and common names:

humus     spiritus     aqua     David     James     Mary     Elizabeth     Joseph

Several questions were then asked, all of which resulted in a “yes” or “no” response from the app. A few minutes into the team’s questioning, Holly’s camera began to act strangely. It appeared to be “tracking” Shae, despite there being no face-tracking feature. The camera itself remained stationary on the tripod, but the field of view continued to act as though it was tracking Shae.  Having some experience with digital cameras, Noelle was called over to observe this unusual behavior. She witnessed the tracking behavior and could not find an explanation for it.

When Shae, Noelle, and Holly decided to move from the living room to the main hall and the bedrooms, the strange tracking behavior immediately stopped, and did not recur for the remainder of the investigation.

One of the claims made by the client was a feeling of unease around the laundry room and a strong resistance to going into it. Noelle and Holly turned on the “level” feature on their phones, and the entire area was checked for off-level areas.  The washer and dryer, the shelves above those appliances, and the ceiling were also checked for level. They found the appliances, shelves, and flooring were all off level by at least one degree. In some areas, level was off by two degrees.

The laundry room also contains the electrical panel. Due to the age of both the building and the electrical boxes, the team determined that the feelings of uneasiness experienced by the client were likely due to high EMF. The laundry room is very small – we guess it to be approximately 8 feet by 8 feet – and the combination of the appliances, as well as the electrical panel and the off-level flooring, ceiling, and shelves, are contributing to this sense of uneasiness.

Because the app on Shae’s phone continued to repeat the common names mentioned above, Holly went to the client to ask if any of those names were familiar. The client stated that James, Mary, and Joseph were deceased family members.

While the team prepared to investigate the spare bedroom, they heard what sounded like dishes being moved in the kitchen sink.  They checked the items in the sink but found nothing out of place. They could not explain the sound; they could only state that it was definitely not coming from outside.

Noelle experienced a couple of cold spots in the spare bedroom, but neither Shae nor Holly had that experience. In the master bedroom, based on direction from the app on Shae’s phone, a necklace was located that the client later stated came from Brazil. The words coming from the app were “gemstone” and “necklace”.

The final area of investigation was the elevator. The client stated that the elevator has a tendency to go to floors other than the one requested. The client also stated that none of the other residents seem to experience this. So, the team asked the client to join them.  The elevator was tested repeatedly, both with and without the client present. The elevator did not malfunction at any time or go to a floor that was not requested.


While we did have some interesting experiences that we are currently unable to explain, we cannot say conclusively that this location is haunted. The building is older; structural changes and general settling may be causing many of the sights and sounds being reported. We must also take into account the uneven flooring throughout the entire unit and the number of power lines and junctions so close to the home.

Having said this, we still do not have an explanation for the malfunctioning camera, the sound of the dishes being moved in the sink, or the coldness experienced by Noelle in the master bedroom.  However, we are not saying that these things are paranormal. We are saying only that, as yet, we have been unable to explain them. Because of this, we are deeming the status of this case as being inconclusive, and closing it.

On behalf of the entire team, we extend our gratitude and appreciation to our client for inviting us into their home, and for their patience and cooperation while we worked to find answers for them.

Case Status:  Closed

Location Status:  Inconclusive

Every now and then, something comes our way that leaves us scratching our heads in uncertainty. We examine it and talk about it and examine it some more, searching for valid possibilities to explain the situation. Most times, we are able to find the answers; other times, we’re not – and it’s those other times that brings us here now.

This past weekend, Holly’s husband was out hiking in the Kananaskis area.  One of the places he visited was a man-made stream just off the highway.  The photographs below were taken in sequence with a Nikon Coolpix 20.1 megapixels digital camera.  There was a 2-3 second delay between each picture. The area in question has been circled to make it easier to identify the reason we are sharing these photos.

During the examination, Noelle caught something opposite the circled areas. The same substance was present in the first two images, but not in the third – as shown below:


While we haven’t found a logical explanation for these anomalies, we are not suggesting they are paranormal. We have been able to rule out lens flare, reflection, dust, scratches or cracks inside the lenses, and fingerprints and/or other oil-based objects on the outside of the lens. According to Holly’s husband, these anomalies were not visible to the naked eye at the time the photographs were taken.

What are your thoughts? Can you explain these markings? We’d love to hear from you!