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Conclusion Based On Findings:  Haunted

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

Investigation: December 17, 2011

 



Left to right (front), Miss Madeline, Mrs. Helen, Miss Helen, Governor Pardee, and Miss Carol;
Miss Florence in the rear;
1902


  Chuck, a member of California Paranormal Research, participated in an investigation of the Pardee Home Museum in Oakland, California, on December 17, 2011.  The event was a small private gathering to perform a more traditional paranormal investigation of this location.  Two prior investigations have been held as fund raisers to help keep the location 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:   http://www.pardeehome.org/    


This time the team consisted of only five individuals, Chuck being one of the five.  They had open access to both the upstairs portion of the Carriage House as well as the entire main house.



During the time they were in Madeline's Bedroom, one of the investigators, Karen, experienced having the back of her jacket tugged, shortly after which Chuck felt something lightly tap him on the back several times.  All of this occurring in the very same room Chuck had the back of his T-shirt tugged on a prior occasion.

Below are the resulting Electronic Voice Phenomena (EVPs) we obtained that evening.

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
     
 
EVP
Scale
Raw Audio File
Filtered &/or Trimmed Audio Files

 
Location


Legend:    "Investigator's Voice"  "EVP"  (comments)
+ 111217-000_00-05-10
111217-000_00-05-10_clip_filter
Upstairs Carriage House “So much for that, I’m back (giggle)” “Well now he’s really cranky now probably” “Yah”  “Right” “F__k” “Ah, I usually get a lot of f-bombs and I don’t know why cause I’m a nice guy”
- 111217-000_00-17-37
111217-000_00-17-37_filter
111217-000_00-17-37_filter_clip
Upstairs Carriage House “Maybe you want it cleaned out. Maybe it’s cluttering up your world” “I want it…clean”
+ 111217-000_00-30-49 Upstairs Carriage House (Series of heavy footsteps – 3 then 5 then 7)
+ 111217-000_00-38-16
111217-000_00-38-16_clip_filter
Upstairs Carriage House “Should we maybe go in the house and come back when it’s quieter?” “Yea” “Don’t we even get to use your gadgets?” “There’s those footsteps but it sure sounded like they were up here”
+ 111217-000_00-38-28
111217-000_00-38-28_filter
111217-000_00-38-28_filter_clip
Upstairs Carriage House (5 Footsteps) “I doubt they think it’s us” (more footsteps)
-- 111217-002_00-13-28
111217-002_00-13-28_clip_filter
Candlestick Parlor “Get real close and just touch it” “I don’t have the energy (long pause) to touch something”
- 111217-002_00-20-19
111217-002_00-20-19_clip_filter
Candlestick Parlor “What’s your favorite tea when you came to tea?” “English Breakfast”
+ 111217-002_00-23-35
111217-002_00-23-35_clip_filter
Candlestick Parlor “How many of you are here?” “Eight”
+ 111217-003_00-00-25
111217-003_00-00-25_clip
111217-003_00-00-25_clip_filter
Main Entrance Hallway “If you’re here, talk to the device” “I don’t have to.. talk.. into it” (footsteps of Chuck walking away)
-- 111217-004_00-01-55
111217-004_00-01-55_clip_filter
Old "Sick Room" “Do you like this room the way it is?”  “I don’t”
-- 111217-004_00-11-45
111217-004_00-11-45_clip_filter
Old "Sick Room" “TV shows would have been Dialing for Dollars and Jeopardy, I wonder when Dialing for Dollars was finally off the air”  “I..hate..T..V”  “It was a classic”
-- 111217-005_00-04-15
111217-005_00-04-15_clip_filter
Curios Room “Come on, tell us your name at least” “It’s Mavis”
- 111217-005_00-07-02
111217-005_00-07-02_filter
Curios Room “Watch out… He’s got a camera”
- 111217-007_00-05-49
111217-007_00-05-49_clip_filter
Madeline's Bedroom “Was it Scotch or Whiskey, or, or what?”  “Had the good stuff”  “I actually like this bedroom.  This is my favorite bedroom.”
-- 111217-008_00-06-25
111217-008_00-06-25_clip_filter
Upstairs Bedroom (Two things being said at one time “Somebody want Karen specifically” and “Last time they told me to go home, so”) “I want you to leave” “and we were asking”
- 111217-009_00-19-37
111217-009_00-19-37_clip_filter
Cupola “I don’t know what fireplace that is, is that the, can’t be the living room is it?” “Umm” “Might be” “That’s” (and during the last two parts someone says) “It was covered up long time ago”
+ 111218-000_00-01-38
111218-000_00-01-38_filter
Upstairs Carriage House “Please… Stay here somebody”
+ 111218-000_00-06-27
111218-000_00-06-27_clip_filter
Upstairs Carriage House “Well maybe I shouldn’t say ‘hang out’ out here. Umm” “I did it”  “Getting back to that suicide theory?” “Yah, yah” “with my brother’s bed sheets”
-- LS100039_00-08-45
LS100039_00-08-45_clip_filter
Upstairs Carriage House “Well, if there’s any truth to me hearing you say you killed yourself out here… Can you tell us why?” (Very weak voice) “He stoled my wife”
-- LS100039_00-20-09
LS100039_00-20-09_clip_filter
Upstairs Carriage House “Just depending on the day and age, “Ole”” (chuckle) (pause) “We don’t speak Spanish”
 
Conclusion:

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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