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Date: Aug. 21, 2021

Time: 9pm-10:45pm

Location: St. Mary’s Cemetery

Investigators: Holly, Shae, Paul

Weather: 15ºC, damp, winds mainly north/northwest ranging from 10km/h to 15km/h

Moon: Full

Equipment: cell phones for video, voice recorders, flashlight for lighting, EMF detector

Variables: small rabbits moving through the grounds, wind in the trees, fireworks at the Stampede grounds, people outside their houses on the east and south edges of the cemetery, traffic along Macleod Trail

The Investigation

The investigation was conducted in the Pioneer section. Due to malfunctions with the video camera, Paul and Holly used their cell phones to record video and take still photographs, and each had a voice recorder. Shae operated the lighting to enable video recordings.

The investigation began in the middle of the section. Holly noticed that there were new headstones in some areas, and open areas where there used to be several rows of headstones. The grounds were in very good condition; the grass was very green and well-groomed, and the trees appeared to have been pruned. The appearance of small flying insects was minimal.

The team stopped by Mary Deane’s headstone for a very short evp session. Due to the ongoing noise of traffic and fireworks, however, viable evp was not expected. The team moved further to the south end of the section after only a few minutes.

Nearing the south end of the section, near the main road, all three team members began to experience unusual and inexplicable sensations. Paul noted that he was experiencing strong anxiety; Shae noted that he was feeling a malevolent presence; Holly noted that she was experiencing sudden nausea and a headache at the base of her skull. None of these experiences could be explained.

The team continued to move towards the very tall cross on the main road. Several crematorium walls have been erected in this area, along with benches for visitors. Paul noted that he had a very unpleasant feeling near the cross. He expressed great surprise about that, stating that it should not feel that way to someone who is a believer in God.

Analyzing the Data

It was discovered during upload to computer that, of four videos Holly took with her cell phone, only one video was created. All others were still photos. A vocal anomaly was captured that we are listing as a B Class or a C Class evp. Nothing unusual was found on the voice recordings or on Paul’s video of the investigation.

Conclusion

St. Mary’s Cemetery – specifically, the Pioneer section – is an interesting location with a long history. The team will be making a return visit in the near future to the section near the main road to try and find a cause for the negative sensations they all experienced.

We have been on a very long hiatus – three years, at last count. Life was happening for the entire team; losses, moves, and life in general put us in a position where we had to suspend our paranormal work. We didn’t know if we would get back to it at some point, or if Wolf Paranormal was dead and gone for good. Thankfully, we are still alive – and we are now ready to get back in the saddle.

Because it’s been so long since we picked up our cameras and voice recorders, we decided a refresher investigation at a local cemetery would be a great way to dust off our equipment and our skills. On July 10, 2021, Holly, Paul, and Shae went to Mountainview Cemetery to do that. Here are our findings.

The wind was coming from the north-northwest, sometimes swinging over to come out of the east-southeast. It was a welcome and deeply appreciated gift after the intense heat of the day. Unfortunately, it was also an annoyance, as it hit the mics on the recorders and the video camera the entire time we were investigating. We tried to keep our backs to it to minimize the interference.

During the investigation, some new tools were introduced: the SB-7 spirit box, a phone app called “Necrophonic” that works like a spirit box but is much more clear, and a new video camera. We also used our EMF readers, voice recorders, and phone cameras for video and stills. The EMF readers registered no unusual spikes. Both the Necrophonic app and the SB-7 spirit box provided only minimal and very infrequent responses. Persistent and very loud wind noise across the mics on the recorders and the video camera denied all possibility of hearing any potential evp’s.

Conclusion

Paul captured something unusual while taking still photos with his phone camera. However, close examination of the possible anomaly is impossible. The photo is small, and enlarging it causes massive pixelation. Holly is returning to the cemetery to physically check out the area in question to determine whether the anomaly is genuine, or an optical illusion generated by the natural light and the angle at which the photo was taken.

Due to the extremely loud wind noise persistently blowing across the recorder and camera mics, our voices – along with any potential evp’s – were almost completely drowned out. Holly spent most of a day editing video to minimize or remove the worst of the wind noise, but after reviewing the finished product, the team unanimously agreed it’s a dud and should not be presented to the public. To prevent this from happening in the future, a search was done for filters that would minimize the worst of the wind. Fur wind screens [also called “dead cats”] were found and are expected to arrive in a couple of weeks. In the meantime, sponges will be used to cover the recorder and camera mics.

Overall, the investigation at Mountainview Cemetery got us back on our feet again after our long hiatus. It was nice to get together in person again, and we’re looking forward to investigating some new locations in the very near future.