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Conclusion Based On Findings:  Haunted

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

Investigation: October 18, 2014


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 (CPR), participated in an investigation of the Pardee Home Museum in Oakland, California, on October 18, 2014.  The event was a small private gathering to perform a more traditional paranormal investigation of this location.  This was the fourth fund raising investigation to help cover the location's operating costs.  During these investigations Chuck serves a team leader, taking small groups of paying guests around the location, performing EVP sessions.


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 object collections from around the world.  The home has been left in virtually the same condition it was when the last of the Pardee family member, Helen, died in 1981.

Over the many years, the home has experienced the deaths of its family members.

List of deaths on the first floor:

  • Madeline Anna Pardee died 2/6/80 in what is now the PHM Office.
  • Helen Penniman Pardee died 11/27/81 in the PHM Office.
  • Aunt Etta (Penniman), Mrs. Helen Pardee’s sister, died January 13, 1927, the result of a stroke.  She probably died in the PHM Office on the first floor.
  • Funerals for many of the Pardee family members were held in the Main Parlor.

List of deaths on the second floor:

  • Mary Elizabeth Pardee died 11/1/1870 in the Master Bedroom.
  • Enoch Homer Pardee died 9/26/1896 in the Master Bedroom.
  • Nellie Pardee died 12/6/1896 in the Twin Bedroom.
  • Mrs. Nancy Penniman, Mrs. Helen Pardee’s mother, died in her bedroom which is now the upstairs PHM Office. She died on 2/7/1901 with her funeral being held in the Pardee Home.
  • Florence Mary Pardee died 9/11/1910 due to a car crash. She died in the Twin Bedroom.  Her funeral service was held in the Pardee Home.
  • Carol Marietta Pardee died 3/4/1920 in the Twin Bedroom.
  • George Cooper Pardee died 9/1/1941 in the Master Bedroom.

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


This time a couple of odd things happened even before the event officially started.

At one point Karen Zimmerman and Scott Mosbaugh, other members of the investigation team, called for Chuck upstairs in the main house and from upstairs heard a male voice, similar to his, answer with “Hey”.  Except Chuck was outside in the carriage house at the time, and we confirmed nobody else was upstairs.

Then a bit later, as Chuck was setting up a camera in the living room, he heard someone make a “huff” sound right behind him, only there wasn’t anyone near him at the time.

During the investigation, Chuck also tried out a new Ultrasonic Microphone in combination with a Digital Voice Recorder.  This Microphone only hears sounds far above human hearing and speech, into the range of Bat Echo Location frequencies.  There shouldn't ever be anything but odd noises on these recordings, and certainly never a human voice.  EXCEPT it turns out there was one.  We can't explain the result, other than to state beyond doubt, it's not a living human's voice.  It sounds like a male saying his Nigerian name, including a Nigerian accent.  It's listed below, so have a listen.  Another interesting aspect to this is that the house contains many old objects from Africa.  There's always the possibility of a "Spirit Attachment" to any one of these objects.

Below are the resulting Electronic Voice Phenomena (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)
+ LS100124_00-00-37
Candlestick Parlor “One arm lit means they were all low frequency” (spoken rather fast is)  They’re trying to speak with us then”  “Umm”
+ LS100124_00-02-05
Candlestick Parlor “Are you a member of the Pardee family?” You can hear us.. right now?” “Are one of their servants?”
-- LS100124_00-08-47
Candlestick Parlor “Ya, don’t be put off by al the gadgets and stuff.  This supposed to be actually fun”  “You’re being ____ ____” (maybe “”)  “Pretty much anything laid out in front of us you can play with”
- LS100124_00-09-11
Candlestick Parlor “We’d really like to know who you are.  Can you tell us your name?” “Agnes”
+ LS100125_00-00-20

Candlestick Parlor “Are you a member of the Pardee family?” “No… Can you help us?”
- LS100126_00-01-05
Living Room “OK, Are you here?” “Maybe the girl quit” “Well, that was a good strong blink, something” “With the lights again”  “Now that one was weird.  It actually sustained it..”
- LS100126_00-02-56
Living Room “Get your help, that’s cool.” “In there”
- LS100127_00-00-19
Living Room “We would love names. Names are good” (delay) “It’s Stephanie” “What year do you think it is?”
+ LS100129_00-00-16
Carriage House “You never ever tell me anything other than you killed yourself, but I’d like to know your name.” (noise)  “I didn’t hang myself”
- LS100129_00-00-29
Carriage House “I’d like to help you if we could.”  “That’s very brave of you”  “I guess” (a breath and a delay) “I don’t need to talk to you... today”
-- LS100131_00-00-38
Carriage House “Help… please……I’m already dead.”
-- LS100131_00-02-04
Carriage House “Did you live in this little weird little room?” (laugh)  “I made it my room” (said very fast)
-- LS100131_00-02-38
Carriage House “You’re just being awfully quiet and boring tonight.”  “Now we can do it” “I already did”
-- LS100131_00-03-46
Carriage House “Too funny” “Yes.  They’re not watching” “But I don’t”
- LS100131_00-04-01
Carriage House “It’s what you get on these things that counts.”  “That’s a long way” “Come on”
-- LS100131_00-06-30
Carriage House “I been poisoned”
+ LS100132_00-00-50
Madeline’s Bedroom “Get off that damn couch”
- LS100132_00-01-51
Madeline’s Bedroom “Do you like the way they kept the house?”  “It’s my house”
++ LS100134_00-00-04
Twin Bedroom “Damn it, there’s a f__king chair!”  “OK”
(nobody dropped an f-bomb or Chuck would have reacted differently)
-- LS100134_00-05-27
Twin Bedroom “Who gave you the bowl?” (delay) “A present in my house”  “Is that the bowl in the hallway?” “Yah”
+ LS100136_00-00-05
Kitchen “This is the kitchen” “I can take off my good suit in my house.”
- LS100138_00-02-02
Carriage House “Are you the man that hung himself?”  “I didn’t kill myself”
++ Ultrasonic Microphone

Living Room

“This is Osifila... huh”
(a male Nigerian name and this voice seems to even have a Nigerian accent)


Considering the above evidence, and the many EVPs and personal experiences from prior investigations, 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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