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Conclusion Based On Findings:  Haunted

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

Investigation: October 22, 2011


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

  Chuck, a member of California Paranormal Research, participated in an investigation of the Pardee Home Museum in Oakland, California, on October 22, 2011.  For this event, he served as a team leader for one of the three teams.  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:    

This was the second paranormal investigation of the location.  This time we included the use of fixed infrared cameras and a DVR to attempt to capture any paranormal activity.  A cameras were placed in the Candlestick Parlor, Living Room, Curios Room and the Upstairs Hallway.

This was also the first time anyone had access to the Carriage House, which is a separate structure built around the time of the original house.

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 Carriage House, ground floor and the second floor of the main house, and a third team in 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 :)

During the evening, several people reported having personal experiences.

While in "Madeline's Bedroom" looking in the closet with the old dresses, Chuck actually experienced having the back of his T-shirt tugged from behind with no one standing near him.  Within moments of that, the recorder he was holding recorded a very clear EVP (listed below).




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)
-- 1-DS300118_00-08-19
Candlestick Parlor “My mother” (while people talk in the background)
-- 1-DS300118_00-08-55
Candlestick Parlor (A hissing female voice over the top of Karen saying “So welcome to the Pardee Home Ghost Investigation.  Thanks very much for helping us sponsor the Pardee Home Museum. My name is Karen Zimmerman”)  “Get out of my house…. (delay) This is still.. my house”
+ 1-DS300119_00-19-55
Candlestick Parlor “I’ll try and help lift it”
+ 1-DS300119_00-28-56
Candlestick Parlor “I can help lift it”
+ 1-DS300119_02-37-50
Candlestick Parlor “You can’t help, It’s _____” (can’t make out the last part)
- 1-DS300119_02-38-46
Candlestick Parlor (Karen says) “You ever seen like all these lights light up?” “I can’t talk ___ (to or through) these”
- 1-DS300119_02-40-02
Candlestick Parlor “What’s your name?” “It’s… Madeline” (very weak)
-- 1-DS300119_02-58-56
Candlestick Parlor “Why do you keep coming back?” “It’s not your business” (first part is very soft)
-- 2-DS300023_00-55-43
Living Room “Get out of my family’s.. house_____” (laughing in the background)
-- 2-DS300023_01-00-43
Living Room “I’ll ____  _____”  (sounds similar to “I’ll tell Anries”)
- 2-DS300023_01-50-02
Living Room “Get out of my house”
+ 2-DS300023_02-34-58
Living Room (footsteps and a camera click) “Get out”
+ 2-DS300023_03-49-29
Living Room (footsteps and a camera click again) “Get out of my bedroom”
- 3-DS300001_01-51-23
Curios Room “It’s ours” (with the sound of a person’s exhale in the middle)
+ 3-DS300001_01-51-32
Curios Room “Who’s here?” (exhale)  “He doesn’t see us”  “What are you feeling?”
- 3-DS300001_04-22-44
Curios Room “Can you give us some sign that you’re here?”  “Like what?.... I can’t think of how”
++ LS100034_00-00-03
Upstairs Carriage House “Testing” (a lot of sounds of movement) “Dammit, I’ll kick you”
+ LS100034_00-00-13
Upstairs Carriage House “Carriage House, Pardee House” “My brother was the ____” (can’t make out the past part)
-- LS100034_00-02-42
Upstairs Carriage House “I killed myself here”
+ LS100034_00-05-51
Upstairs Carriage House “Was this your room?” (sounds of a motor cycle being rev’d) “It wasn’t a bedroom”
-- LS100035_00-06-12
Lower Carriage House “I’d like to understand.. what all that was about” “They moved the horses didn't they” (or something like that but it’s five or six words)
- LS100035_00-06-52
Lower Carriage House “’cause it’s been used for both obviously” “It has”
- LS100035_00-08-38
Lower Carriage House “Don’t be afraid, please come and join us” “_____” (could be “Thank you”) “Cause then you can touch any one of us to show us your presence”
- LS100035_00-10-16
Lower Carriage House “Just want to be here to see you” “I’m trying”
+ LS100037_00-11-10
Upstairs Bedrooms “Then my team will have to come in to find out why”  “And I can’t do much”  “And if you’re really into the idea…”
++ LS100037_00-25-58
Upstairs Bedrooms “So this was the one that was one of the old maids, right Madeline?” “Ya, I think she’s the one that lived the longest”  “years ago” (older female voice)
+++ LS100037_00-29-54
Upstairs Bedrooms (camera's beep-beep-click) "Now go home"
(this was recorded seconds after Chuck had his T-shirt tugged from behind)
-- LS100037_00-30-47
Upstairs Bedrooms “And some really ugly lin.. linoleum”  (giggles)  “I’m not in my closet”  (Said while Chuck was in fact looking in the upstairs closet at the time)
+ LS100037_00-39-26
Upstairs Bedrooms “This girl’s cousin” (footsteps) “He took my ___ portrait… He took off the pillowcases”  “Some more tugs on the back..”
- LS100037_00-40-08
Upstairs Bedrooms “You know, if it happens to me but nobody else, that’s no fun”  “I can’t materialize” (footsteps)
+ LS100038_00-08-25
Candlestick Parlor “Jesus… He’s a…character”  “If there’s anyone here, you can come down and see me”

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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