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Conclusion Based On Findings:  Haunted

  San Francisco Bay Area Masonic Lodge, CA

Investigation: August 17, 2013

 
 
Chuck, a member of California Paranormal Research, participated in a paranormal investigation of a Masonic Lodge, located in the San Francisco Bay Area of California, on August 17, 2013.

The building was constructed in 1905 and offered live stage productions.  Around 1918, when a flu pandemic swept the area, the basement was used as a temporary morgue.  Then in 1923, it was purchased and modified to serve as a Masonic Lodge, as it is still used today.

Some of the reported paranormal activity of this location are:
  • Sighting of a man waering an old fashion suit near the stairway to the bathrooms
  • A seat being pushed or bumped from behind with nobody near it
  • A disembodied voice saying "Don't go" in the upstairs hallway
  • General feelings of being watched and unease

Investigation:
As far as personal experiences during this investigation, everyone in the group experienced the "cobweb effect" at least once while being in the upstairs hallway.  That being the feeling of something unseen rubbed or brushed across a part of the body, like arms or hair.  We examined the entire hallway and found no sign of cobwebs, air movement, or anything else that could explain the phenomena.

We regret we weren't able to access the basement during this investigation, but we hope to do so in the future.

Photos:
As part of any investigation, we routinely walk around the location, snapping digital photos.  Mostly this is done to document the layout of the location, more than any hope of capturing anything paranormal. 

In this case however, one photo appears to have something odd in it, that of the upper torso of a man in a older large lapelled jacket or suit as seen through the glass of a display case.  At this point, the cause of this can not be determined.  It's linked below:


Original Image

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Enhanced

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Electronic Voice Phenomena (EVPs):
From all the audio recorded, below are the resulting EVPs we obtained that evening.

These are clips from unfiltered, unaltered audio files.  EVPs tend to be rather soft voices and oddly modulated, so it helps to use good quality headphones, a higher volume and play the file several times.

  EVP Scale Meaning
  +++ excellent EVP quality
  ++ good, easily understood
  not bad, understandable
  - so-so, understandable but not easily
  -- weak modulation or higher noise, hard to understand
  --- probably an EVP, but very hard to make out, if at all
     
EVP File Scale Legend:    Investigator's Voice  "EVP"  (comments)

Lodge Room

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“What if someone goes upstairs.”

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As two separate conversations take place, it sounds like a female voice says phonically “Z-I-erd twice

DS300135_00-03-10

+

As we talk, it sounds like a male says the name “Patricia”

DS300135_00-03-21

-

While we talk, it sounds like someone says “Don’t tell….” Followed by two words

DS300135_00-08-00

++

“No”  “The Doctor”

DS300135_00-09-00

--

As Alan talks, it sounds like someone says “Get the _____”

DS300135_00-26-16

-

Sounds like someone says “Chuck" (delay) "You’re so close”

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+

“Now don’t look in the closet.”   With some pops in the background

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+

Starts off with “Danny” then Chuck and Karen talk, followed by “Danny, keep the kid outta the light” then Alan talks

DS300135_00-40-08

+

Karen talking, then someone says “Shit.. She can think it’s us”

DS300135_00-40-23

-

“Oh it’s the emergency exit light that’s on.” “Shit… Get the ‘toff’… Can’t get the ‘toff’” (with Alan and Scott saying “Oh” and “Hum”)

DS300135_00-42-33

--

“Tell us your name”  “It’s Stephanie ____” (with a voice in the background)

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“Can you tell us what year it is?”  “19__” “I don’t really want to”

DS300135_00-44-45

-

“They can’t hear you”

DS300135_00-45-57

-

“Can you touch one of us to let us know you’re here?”  ”I don’t really want to.”

DS300135_00-55-57

+

 “Do you know that you’ve past over?” “Do we have to move on?”  “He knew”

DS300135_01-03-07

++

“Go in peace”  “Will do” ”OK”

DS300135_01-12-20

--

“My name is Karen”  (delay)  “Let’s give Karen something to talk about”

DS300135_01-13-13

--

“Is there someone here?”  “We’re trying to talk to you”  “But if ___ make ___ sound.”  “Can you knock on something?”

DS300135_01-13-30

--

“Can you give me a sign of presence?” “It’s not me doing it. ” “We’re trying to talk to you” “I heard something and that blue light flashed.  Can you do that again?”  “Forget it”

SUNP0004_00-00-06

-

“Are there children here?”  “Sometimes Bernie is here”   “Let’s see…”

Main Hallway

SUNP0001_00-05-49

+

“Look behind you, Chuck…. I’m talking to you… I can talk… to… somebody”

SUNP0001_00-08-23

+

“Why are you haunting this place?”  “Nobody’s haunting it ”

SUNP0002_00-50-13

-

“Is anyone out there?”  “I’m Doctor Williams”

Mobile

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+

“Oh, OK” “So” “Talking to Ch____” “Up there is the dressing rooms”

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+

“Can you tell me your name?” “________” (might be a name)

LS100075_00-03-44

-

“Can you tell us what year you were a Mason?” “1947” (footsteps)

LS100075_00-04-17

+

“Something just cobwebbed the hell out of my hand right there” “Really” “She’s very much” “Like, like this” “Ya, I just got it on my arm” ……

LS100076_00-01-01

-

“Tell us your name?”  “__ __”  (sounds kind of like “Sue Sud”)(train whistle)

LS100076_00-14-23

+

“Do you know you’ve past over?”  “Not yet”

LS100076_00-30-20

++

“Did you use this wheelchair in life?” (tap) “Yes”

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+

“Tell us your name” “Um Hum” “We’d” & “You don’t know my name” “Name, dates”

LS100076_00-34-03

+

“If you give me a good interview, I’ll write something really nice”  “Somebody will come back for you… and get your _____”  “Actors, that would entice them”

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+

“That’s all I’m trying to do right now.” (with footsteps and Karen in the background)

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“Dressing room area”  (movement)  “Go ahead…. I told ya to come back”

Stage

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+

As Karen and Chuck talk, someone says “Down here, looking at ___”

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+

As Chuck turns off light switches, a female voice says “I don’t think you can.. help me”

Upstairs Hallway

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+

“Can I actually open it?” “Oh ya  “I don’t have to”

DS300010_00-47-35

+

“If that’s your wheelchair, I’d like to tell you, you don’t need it any more”  “Why not” (pop)  “You can let go of it”

DS300010_00-54-44

+

“You’re too close”

SUNP0002_00-16-48

+

Footsteps of us going down stairs, then there’s someone saying “Come Back!”

SUNP0002_00-20-34

++

“His rods, I’m not a big fan of rods, but”  “I’m Julia”  “the rods in front of the door…”

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+

As Karen and Chuck talk downstairs, it sounds like a female voice sings “Help me, ____ you”

 
Conclusion:

Considering the above evidence, we find the Masonic Lodge to be haunted.

We'll be returning to this location in the near future to attempt to debunk the one interesting photo, access the basement, as well as see if any further evidence can be obtained.

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