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Conclusion Based On Findings:  Haunted

  Pardee Home Museum, Oakland, CA
   672 11th St.
   Oakland, California

Investigation: May 21, 2011


Left to right (front), Miss Madeline, Mrs. Helen, Miss Helen, Governor Pardee, and Miss Carol;
Miss Florence in the rear;


Nicki and Chuck, members of California Paranormal Research, participated in an investigation of the Pardee Home Museum in Oakland, California, on May 21, 2011.  The event was a fund raiser to help the location remain in operation.

The home was the family residence for Enoch Pardee and two subsequent generations of the Pardee Family.  From the museum's web site: "Enoch Pardee came to California from the Midwest during the Gold Rush to make his fortune. He succeeded well enough to become a respected eye doctor, and in 1868-69 built the house that is now the Pardee Home Museum. Enoch also pursued a vigorous public career in the 1870's and 1880's, serving as mayor of Oakland, state assemblyman, and state senator. His son, George C. Pardee, followed closely in his father's footsteps, also becoming an eye doctor and mayor of Oakland, and was elected Governor of California in 1902."

It's a very interesting house, with a long history and filled with collections of objects from around the world.  The home has been left in virtually the same condition it was in when the last of the Pardee family members, Helen, died in 1981, shortly after the death of her sister, Madeline, in 1980.

To learn more about the Pardee Home Museum and it long history,
go to their web site:    

At the start of the evening, everyone was treated to an abbreviated tour of the home by Ron Pardee Nielson, a close relative of George Pardee.  For the investigation, the group was broken into three teams, which then participated in EVP sessions on the ground floor and the second floor, while the third team went into the Cupola for a séance.  After a while, the teams were swapped to allow each team to experience the different areas of the house.  Part way through the evening a very nice tea and selection of munchies were served in the dinning room.  All in all, it was a very enjoyable evening.  Food and Ghosts, what could be better :)

Below are the resulting EVPs we obtained that evening.

Electronic Voice Phenomena (EVPs):
These are clips from unfiltered, unaltered audio files and slight filtered/trimmed copies used to clarify what is being said.  However the filtered/altered files are not considered "evidence" in themselves, they are for analysis only, and presented here for that purpose.  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

Raw Audio File
Filtered &/or Trimmed Audio Files

Legend:    "Investigator's Voice"  "EVP"  (comments)
++ 00004_00-00-22
"That can't be right" (or "Goddam Bright" meaning the IR light Chuck had on at the time, followed by him saying) "Oh boy, June Beetles"
++ 00004_00-00-46
(knock) "Herb made it"
+ 00004_00-01-06
"What's with the armadillo?" "Oh ya, made into a carrying pouch, purse, whatever.  That's sad (giggle)" (something being said like "They're gonna ask about the bridge") "I hope he comes back to haunt them"
++ 00004_00-01-16
(something being said like "I wanted to be" but with some loud sounds of movement)
+ 00004_00-12-49
"That goddamn light is too bright for ___ ____" (weak and a lot of movement noise)
++ 00004_00-14-07
"Chuck" (said long and drawn out)
+ 00004_00-23-38
(sounds like two voices, saying) "I wonder what he's doing?" "I don't know either"  (a lot of sounds of movement)
- 110521-000_00-04-53
"When you sat up here, which way did you like to look out at the city, north east west south?" (and a whispering voice says) “I’m moving”
- 110521-000_00-12-10
(Nicki asks) "Do you like pancakes?" (then a voice says) "Jeff… Come back"
- 110521-000_00-19-34
"I'm not going to leave" (soft voice)
+ 110521-001_00-33-54
"Chuck?" (voice sounds male, but Chuck was the only male in the group)
+ 110521-002_00-24-21
(sounds like two people talking, saying something like) "You failed" "They won't hurt me.. I touched it!.. Shit"

Considering the above evidence, we find the Pardee Home Museum in Oakland, CA, to be haunted.

We recommend going there if you are in the Oakland, CA, area.  And say hello to its ghosts...

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