Privately Owned Business
 

Hair Salon
San Jose, CA

Oct. 29th, 2007  (Preliminary Walk-Thru)    UPDATED 1-28-2008

Nov. 11th, 2007
  (First Full Investigation)

Jan. 20th, 2008  (Additional Investigation)


Reported Observations:
  • Reports of a shadow being seen moving past the windows in the upstairs office area
     
  • An uneasy feeling in some locations, in particular the basement
     
  • A water valve in the basement opened "by itself" once, flooding the basement
     
  • The volume control of a stereo in the office was physically turned down, yet nobody was upstairs at the time

Oct. 29th, 2007  (Preliminary Walk-Thru)

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Investigation Team:

Chuck Thurston - Lead Investigator
Jeff Galon - Investigator
"Christina" - Business Co Owner
 

The building was built back in the mid-1920's as a Bank (and the existing bank vault), and has since been a furniture store, cafe', coffee bar, and is presently a hair salon.

In a preliminary walk-thru of the multi-level structure, we only had an IR (infrared) Camcorder running to record the event, not really expecting to document much more then that.

There were a total of five people present at the time, the business owner (Christina), Chuck and Jeff (Paranormal Help of California), Jeff's wife Karen and their young daughter.

Total time for this walk-thru was only about 20 minutes.

Right at the very start, Chuck had turned on the IR Camcorder and was showing off the effect of his IR Flood Light to the other people, when this was recorded:

File

Description

20071029184124_0008.wma  (unfiltered)

Chuck: With the infrared off...
Jeff: Wow
Christina: yah
Chuck: so...
Voice: "I didn't know"
Jeff: Holy cow
Chuck: no little narrow beam, that's...
Christina: That's perfect


As we were getting ready to head down to the basement, Christina needed to go to the fuse box and turn on the stairwell lights.  That's when this was recorded:

File

Description

20071029184124_0434.wma
(unfiltered)

Christina: Excuse me, put this thing...
Christina: Where are we? (whispering)
Voice: "I jumped"
Chuck: This is gonna drive me crazy when I review it later
Christina: I know the lights will come on

20071029184124_0434_amp.wma

Reduced clip of the above voice and the volume increased

20071029184124_0434_soap.wma

Same reduced section but filtered to reduce background static

UPDATED 1-28-2008

Christina, Chuck and Jeff  were in the basement boiler room, looking at the old water heater used for heating the building, and hearing how the water valve had opened once on its own flooding the basement, when we captured this audio clip:

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Description

20071029184124_0644.wma
(unfiltered)
Chuck: This this is God awful ancient
as Christina says: I know
a male Voice says: "Get Out!"
Jeff:  It's neat, worth a picture though, look at that
Voice: "A new water key"
20071029184124_0644_soap.wma Same as above but filtered to reduce background static

Christina, Chuck and Jeff  were in the basement discussing the very old power panel to the building, when we captured this audio clip:

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Description

20071029184124_0819.wma
(unfiltered)

Christina: .... and this is the you know, who knows, I only know how to (tap tap)
Jeff: Look at this Chuck
Chuck: Oh God
Christina: This thing is something I always have to come down and flip cause it'll just...
Chuck: Well ya,  trip for lord only knows what, but the rest of that stuff is way old.
Voice: "Mushaka"
Jeff:  Good God!

20071029184124_0819clip.wma
(unfiltered)

Same as above but trimmed to just the time of the EVP

The word "Mushaka" in itself is a little odd.  Not being English, we have yet to find out what it means, and the ghost isn't telling us either.


UPDATED 1-28-2008

We were heading to the upstairs office, when Chuck turned the wrong direction in the hallway and had to be told which way to go, when we got this one:

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Description

20071029184124_1047.wma
(unfiltered)
Christina: So turn around and go back that way
Chuck: Just quickly, oh OK
Christina: It's right behind you
Voice: "We want to go that way"
Christina: Oh, I'm sorry
Jeff:  It's a right Chuck
Christina: oops
20071029184124_1047_soap.wma Same as above but filtered to reduce background static
20071029184124_1047clip.wma Reduced clip of the EVP
20071029184124_1047clip_soap.wma Same reduced section but filtered to reduce background static

After checking the basement, and returning to the main floor, we were just proceeding up the narrow winding staircase to the upper office, when we got this one:

File

Description

20071029184124_1056.wma
(unfiltered)

Chuck: Oh Well ya ... stairs going up
Sound of our footsteps
Voice
: "OK,   Stay   You're standing on my foot"
Sound of our footsteps

20071029184124_1056_amp.wma

Same as above with Chuck's voice cut off and the volume increased

20071029184124_1056_soap.wma

Same reduced section but filtered to reduce background static

We were preparing to leave and packing up the gadgets, when we recorded this one:

File

Description

20071029185554_0000.wma
(unfiltered)

Voice: "That stupid ..."
Then other people talk in the background

20071029185554_0000_amp.wma

Same as above but volume was increased

20071029185554_0000_soap.wma

Same as above but filtered to reduce background static


 
Nov. 11th, 2007  (First Full Investigation)

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Investigation Team:

Chuck Thurston - Lead Investigator
Jeff Galon - Investigator
"Christina" - Business Co Owner
 

Our first full up investigation of the place.  Here's a brief description of the set-up:

Digital Voice Recorder Locations:
Upstairs hallway (sill of the middle window)
End Work Station
Basement
Mobile (carried with us from place to place)

IR Camcorder/Microphone (near entry area)

IR Flood Lights:
Upstairs office
Upstairs hallway
End of the center counter facing the back wall

Decoy (in view of the camcorder):
Plastic coat hanger propped up against a vase on the counter
Modified K-II EMF meter

Results Of The Analysis

Observations:

  • Strong electro-magnetic fields traced to the shaver recharge bases, but at a practical distance, it's a weak field and doesn't present a health hazard.
     

  • VERY strong magnetic field produced by a voltage step-down transformer near the boiler room door, used for a door bell or something, but it would take extended exposure times to have any real effect on a human.
     

  • New batteries in recorders placed in the basement and end work station went dead very fast to start with, and then lasted the rest of the time we were there on the new set.  All other recorders and battery usage appeared to be at normal rates.
     

  • At several different times, at least one person in the group reported feeling an odd chill, like that of a cold spot, but temperature readings didn't locate anything.
     

  • Odd flashes of light were seen on several occasions.  However, with the busy street out front and the many windows and mirrors, it wasn't out of the ordinary.

Video:

Several times on the video the EMF meter placed by the hanger rapidly blinks, but the "pattern" is one of our cell phones performing a connection check they routinely do.  Other then that, nothing.

EVP's (Electronic Voice Phenomenon):

Basement Recorder:

File

Description

DS300125_00-00-05.wma
(unfiltered)

Chuck: The recorder down in the basement again
Voice: "Jeff"
Chuck
: Jeff and I are standing here looking at the power panel from hell (giggle)
Jeff
: 9:20 PM

File

Description

DS300125_00-00-22.wma
(unfiltered)

Soft male voice says “apparently she knows we’re hiding”

DS300125_00-00-22_soap.wma

Same as above but filtered to reduce background static

File

Description

DS300125_00-01-08.wma
(unfiltered)

Voice: "I'm watching it"

DS300125_00-01-08_soap.wma

Same as above but filtered to reduce background static

File

Description

DS300125_00-01-19.wma
(unfiltered)

Voice: "That's so gross"

DS300125_00-01-19_soap.wma

Same as above but filtered to reduce background static

Upstairs Office:

File

Description

DS300008_01-27-00.wma
(unfiltered)

While Jeff is talking down on the main level:
Chuck: If there's anyone here, speak up
Voice: "Kick 'em out”

DS300008_01-27-00_soap.wma

Same as above but filtered to reduce background static

File

Description

DS300009_00-16-06.wma
(unfiltered)

Chuck: Probably he's down in the basement
Christina: He's loving that basement
Voice: “I doubt it”

DS300009_00-16-06_soap.wma

Same as above but filtered to reduce background static

Mobile Recorder:

File

Description

WS310016_00-11-53.wma
(unfiltered)

Chuck: ...so it would be real easy to fake
Voice: "Hey"
Chuck: ...but this one's wired so it stays on
Voice: (grunting sound)
Christina: Well, I'm freezing cold
Chuck: Hum?
Voice: "...effort, didn't it"
Christina: Huh?
Jeff: You have a jacket, or
Voice: "Huh?"
Christina
: No
Chuck: You can put on my...
Christina: I'm just freezing cold
(Scanning the area around Christina with an IR Thermometer didn't find any sign of a cold spot)

WS310016_00-11-53_soap.wma

Same as above but filtered to reduce background static

File

Description

WS310016_00-14-15.wma
(unfiltered)

This sounds like two separate voices saying
Voice: "Kick 'em out”
Voice: "How?”

WS310016_00-14-15_soap.wma

Same as above but filtered to reduce background static


 
Jan. 20th, 2008  (Additional Investigation)

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Investigation Team:

Chuck Thurston - Lead Investigator
Jeff Galon - Investigator
Karen Galon - Jeff's Wife
"Christina" - Business Co Owner
 

 

This was our second full up investigation of the place.

Figuring it would be a good idea to use a different approach to investigating the place, we placed a few more digital recorders out this time as well as a Mini-Camcorder to monitor the upstairs office.  Here's a brief description of the set-up:
 

Upstairs Office
HD Mini-Camcorder
Digital Voice Recorder


Bank Vault
Digital Voice Recorder


Main Floor
Digital Voice Recorder at Reception Counter
Digital Voice Recorder at divider wall near wash stations


Basement
Digital Voice Recorder


We also moved about the place with a Camcorder/IR Flood Light combination.


 



Jeff and Chuck concentrated most of their time in the basement and office, while Karen and Christina stayed on the main floor.
 

Results Of The Analysis

Observations:

  • Jeff experienced a cold chill while standing near the boiler room door, which was notable because the boiler was operating and the basement area was actually quite warm at the time

Video:

Nothing unusual

EVP's (Electronic Voice Phenomenon):

We captured a few EVPs from every part of the place, except for the Bank Vault.

Office:

Recorded as Jeff walked into the office to check on the equipment placed there.

File

Description

DS300014_00-39-37.wma
(unfiltered)
Sounds like a voice saying "Just us"
DS300014_00-39-37_soap.wma Same as above but filtered to reduce background static


At this point, Chuck and Jeff were sitting down in the office, just talking about the old record albums on the shelf there.  This was captured on two separate recording devices at that time, a digital voice recorder and the mobile camcorder:

File

Description

DS300014_00-58-46.wma
(unfiltered)
Digital Voice Recorder:
Chuck: I don't even have a record player anymore, I got rid of every bit of it
Jeff: I got one that's boxed up
Voice: "Mine plays"
DS300014_00-58-46_soap.wma Same as above but filtered to reduce background static
20080120193757_00-19-01.wma
(unfiltered)
Camcorder Audio: Same as above
20080120193757_00-19-01_soap.wma Same as above but filtered to reduce background static


Main Floor:

Chuck and Jeff were both downstairs in the basement at this time.  Christina can be heard walking around on the main floor and the sound of a cabinet being closed, at which point this was recorded by both digital recorders on that level:

File

Description

WS310034_00-06-47.wma
(unfiltered)
First Recorder:
Footsteps, a voice says "Whatcha hide?", and the sound of a cabinet being closed
WS310034_00-06-47_soap.wma Same as above but filtered to reduce background static
P210_20080120_00-08-16.wma
(unfiltered)
Second Recorder: Same as above
P210_20080120_00-08-16_soap.wma Same as above but filtered to reduce background static

He obviously knows Christina's name at least...

File

Description

P210_20080120_00-17-34.wma
(unfiltered)
Sounds like a male voice saying "Go home Christi__" cut off by a clicking sound
P210_20080120_00-17-34_soap.wma Same as above but filtered to reduce background static

Another one recorded on both the recorders on that level. At the time, Jeff in on the main floor talking to Christina about the temperature downstairs in the basement:

File

Description

WS310034_00-30-55.wma
(unfiltered)
First Recorder:
Jeff: It's warm
Christina: YAH
Jeff: It's a little toasty down there, actually feels good though
Voice: "Get out"
Christina: I know
Jeff: ...like a tropical environment, nice and warm
WS310034_00-30-55_soap.wma Same as above but filtered to reduce background static
P210_20080120_00-32-20.wma
(unfiltered)
Second Recorder: Same as above
P210_20080120_00-32-20_soap.wma Same as above but filtered to reduce background static

OK, this is a pretty interesting one.  During this time both Chuck and Jeff were up in the office, and their voices can just slightly be heard in the background.  Christina walks over to check on the thermostat and this was recorded, again on both recorders on that level:

File

Description

P210_20080120_01-16-20.wma
(unfiltered)
First Recorder:
Voice: "I turned it...OFF"
Karen: (giggle) Him and Chuck, He had no right to turn the heater down...
Christina: Yah, turned it off
P210_20080120_01-16-20_soap.wma Same as above but filtered to reduce background static
WS310034_01-15-04.wma
(unfiltered)
Second Recorder: Same as above
WS310034_01-15-04_soap.wma Same as above but filtered to reduce background static

A side note to this one... neither Chuck nor Jeff know where the thermostat is located and didn't change its setting at any time.  IF the ghost did as we believe he states in this EVP, it would be a documented case of something physically being manipulated, in the same way the stereo's volume was reported to have been turned down and the water valve opened.

Basement:

File

Description

DS300132_00-00-22.wma
(unfiltered)
Chuck:...the wooden box
Voice: "Get out"
Jeff: OK
DS300132_00-00-22_soap.wma Same as above but filtered to reduce background static

File

Description

DS300132_00-06-13.wma
(unfiltered)
Voice: "I'll get ya"
DS300132_00-06-13_soap.wma Same as above but filtered to reduce background static

On our first trip to this place, we recorded a very clear EVP of a voice saying "Mushaka", and at this point we still had no idea what the word meant.  So of course we were asking the ghost to tell us:

File

Description

DS300132_00-11-20.wma
(unfiltered)
Chuck: Tell us what the heck Mushaka means...
Jeff: Yah, I forgot the ah baklava
Voice: "I saw a mouse"
Chuck: ...if you're the person who said Mushaka.
DS300132_00-11-20_soap.wma Same as above but filtered to reduce background static

Using internet language references, we were able to confirm that "Mushaka" does in fact mean "female mouse" in Hindi.  It's also fair to mention that the San Jose area has a pretty large population of people from India, and the theater near this location used to show movies from India.

File

Description

DS300132_00-21-51.wma
(unfiltered)
Voice: "He's quick"
DS300132_00-21-51_soap.wma Same as above but filtered to reduce background static

File

Description

DS300132_00-28-48.wma
(unfiltered)
Voice: "Trapped!"
Jeff: ... bet they either wine to the wine bar next door or down to Pete's
DS300132_00-28-48_soap.wma Same as above but filtered to reduce background static

File

Description

DS300132_01-06-47.wma
(unfiltered)
Voice: "Get the f__k out !"
DS300132_01-06-47_soap.wma Same as above but filtered to reduce background static

File

Description

DS300132_01-31-16.wma
(unfiltered)
Voice: "No shit !"
DS300132_01-31-16_soap.wma Same as above but filtered to reduce background static

This one sounds like two male voices having a side conversation while Jeff and Chuck where just sitting there in the dark basement:

File

Description

DS300132_01-37-43.wma
(unfiltered)
Voice 1: "You can't scare 'em away"
Voice 2: "Not this idiot"
DS300132_01-37-43_soap.wma Same as above but filtered to reduce background static

Move conversation that neither Jeff or Chuck heard at the time.  The only known thing said at the time was what little Jeff said below.  Again it sounds like two different male voices:

File

Description

DS300132_01-39-52.wma
(unfiltered)
Jeff: All right Mushaka
Voice 1: "Kick him out"
Voice 2: "Hey, No"
Voice 1: "You suck"
Voice 2: "Never mind"
DS300132_01-39-52_soap.wma Same as above but filtered to reduce background static


A digital voice recorder was also left recording in the basement for the rest of the night after we had all left.  It recorded a total of 14 hours before the battery finally went dead.  The only things it recorded of any note were several loud wooden bangs and the item below, which occurred early the next day, during the time the cleaning service was on the main floor going about their work:

File

Description

WS310035_633-40.wma
(unfiltered)
some banging sounds can be heard from the main floor activity, followed by a male voice saying something like "God damn girl" and then another bang.
WS310035_633-40_soap.wma Same as above but filtered to reduce background static

 


Summary To Date:

From the many EVPs captured so far, the fact that some appear to be interactive, and aware of our presence, we conclude the place to be Haunted by at least one, if not more, Intelligent Spirits (i.e. Ghosts).

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