Spirit Orbs, Mists and other Strange Anomaly in the Barn

UPDATE 3/18/2011:

Upon returning to the barn, late on the evening of the 16th, one of our investigators reported seeing the male apparition, in full body form.  A very cold air swirl past her, which made the hair on her arms stand up.  She turned and saw him walking down the breeze way, away from her. She described him as wearing a long dark coat, and a wide brim, flat top hat. He turned the corner, and disappeared. After the sighting, our investigator reports feeling agitated, uneasy and angry.  She finished putting her horse away for the night, and left the barn.

Additional plans are being made to conduct a video investigation in the coming weeks.

On Friday, March 11, 2011 an investigation was conducted at a private barn in Marin County, California.  Horse owners at the barn had reported strange happenings that include; shadow people, phantom cigarette smoke (smoking is prohibited in the barn), and a presence that does not respect personal space.  Several years earlier, a woman died in a car accident, where she drove off the road on the edge of the property. She struggled to free herself from the wreckage, but perished before rescuers could find her.  People in at the ranch believe her spirit may contribute to the paranormal activity.

The owner of the barn requested that we not disclose the exact location or name of the ranch, which we will respect.

We began at 9PM, on a still and clear evening, with a yellow moon high in the sky, and the horses settled down for the night.  Tonight, we were accompanied by a Sensitive, who keeps her horse in the barn, she reported being touched, and observing dark, shadow people, as well as a man wearing a duster and hat. I noticed right away a calm, and eerie quiet in the barn as we began to take photographs, and use our digital voice recorder.

Now granted, barns are usually quite dusty, so many of the “orbs” we photographed could be debunked as particulate matter in the air. However, we captured some orbs giving off extraordinary light and color.  We also captured misty ectoplasm and in one instance, we witnessed (yet did not capture) an intelligent light anomaly that reflected red in the focus beam of my digital camera, as it darted in and out of the view finder.

We all agreed that the presence was male, and the odor of cigarette smoke was evident at one point. The energy seemed benevolent in nature, as the horses were calm and peaceful despite the digital flashes. Although we could not illicit an intelligent audible response to our questions, we did observe dark shadows ahead of us as we moved about in the pitch black breeze way.

The first mist that was captured was a bit startling, as it manifested so quickly with a density that was unexpected.  It also disappeared as quickly.  These two images were taken less than 10 seconds apart, and as you can see, the mist had dissipated entirely.

A fully manifested ectoplasm appeared directly in front of the camera.

The fully manifested mist had disappeared within 10 seconds of the first image.

(We tested the possibility of our breath being the cause of this extraordinary mist, and we were unable to recreate the same effect).

Outside, the air was still, so the presence of false orbs, due to dust and water vapor in the air was much more evident.  However, I captured this lacy, fine mist, hovering near one of the pole paddocks connected to the interior stalls.

This fine, lacy mist appeared near one of the pole paddocks. Notice the increase of dust in the air.

I experienced an odd malfunction with my digital camera on more than one occasion during this investigation, when the camera could not focus momentarily.  I believe this was due to unseen movement or electromagnetic  interference.  This is an example of such an occurrence.  The two images were taken within 5 seconds of each other

Out of focus image.

In focus image, seconds later

Here are two images of orbs which do not appear to be dust or other air pollution.  The one near the office door, struck me with its glow and intensity. The second image appears to be a photograph of rare twin orbs.

Orb near office door

Rare twin orbs

Finally, I captured this long, wispy mist that reaches nearly 8′ tall near a tack trunk in the breeze way. This area seemed ripe with activity. Perhaps due to a quarantine area of the barn.

Mist near tack trunk in quarantine area of the barn

This investigation did not produce apparitions or definitive voice phenomenon. It did, however, show evidence of a presence that moved about freely, and at times intelligently.

There will be a follow-up investigation at this location in the near future.

Stormy Weather

Hello Whispers,

Marin County Storm



The storms are lined up off the California coast today, and snow is expected down to 2000′ tonight. It’s a good day to stay hunkered down, and do some paranormal research.

Getting the back story of the places we visit, and those we plan to visit helps me verify the facts. I looked up the story of Martin “Mike” Tovey and discovered that his stagecoach was held up more than once. In fact he was shot and wounded in a robbery back in 1850. During that hold-up, he was shot in the arm, and sought shelter in a nearby farm-house. Three years later, he was murdered on the stage from Jackson to Ione, California.

Here’s a copy of the newspaper, with the report on the 1850 hold-up. It’s really cool to check out the writing style, and ads, too.

The Daily Record-Union, September 7, 1850

We’re hoping the rain lets up by the weekend, so we can visit the Piedmont Cemetery in Oakland, California.

Where ever you are, I hope the weather is kind to you. Let me know if you plan on any paranormal adventures this weekend.

Stay vigilant,


The Murder of Martin “Mike” Tovey, June 15, 1893

Carson City, Nevada in 1877

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Mike Tovey was a loyal employee of the Wells Fargo Stage Company for over 28 years.  He assume the position as Guard, and rode the dangerous Gold Country routes, between Jackson and Ione, California, and between Bodie California and Carson City, Nevada. During that time, these routes were patrolled by greedy Road Agents, who shot and killed men and horses, in search of loot.

One June 15, 1893, on the Stage between Jackson and Ione, Road Agents shot and killed Martin ‘Mike’ Tovey.  Tovey was buried in the Jackson Cemetery, and the Wells Fargo Company erected a tombstone in honor of their dedicated Stagecoach Guard.

On a recent trip to Jackson, we visited the cemetery, and experienced something quite unusual.  While reading the Tombstone, and photographing the cemetery we heard what was clearly four distinct gunshots, and captured the eerie plea, “somebody help me” on our Digital Voice Recorder.

The following is an EVP we recorded near the tombstone of Mike Tovey. Please listen to this clip, then tell us what you think.



We also photographed an Orb at the gate to the Catholic Cemetery.

A single orb at the gate to the Catholic Cemetery

The Tombstone of Martin 'Mike' Tovey

Tell us about your paranormal experiences!

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Have you ever, or are you now experiencing something you may believe to be paranormal?  AWISPR encourages you to tell us about these experiences.

These experiences may be things that go bump in the night, or glimpses of shadow people as seen out of the corner of your eye. Do you feel uneasy, or ill in certain rooms or areas of your home or workplace?  These feelings may be associated with changes in the Electromagnetic Field, which are attributed to ghosts or spirits,  and are manifested in chills, goosebumps or sudden body tremors.  Do you know the history of your home, or place of work?

It is our experience that spirits not only attach themselves to people, but also to places and buildings.  Often times, these spirits may become disturbed by recent renovation or demolition to a building.  In the case of personal attachments, these experiences are usually more emotional in nature.

Welcome to A Woman’s Intuition Society for Paranormal Research!

aWISPR is a group of women from Marin County, California who share a common interest in paranormal

Ghost Hunting in Virginia City

research.  Together we have investigated locations throughout California and Nevada, in search of the truth, and evidence of, haunted places, ghosts, the afterlife and all things paranormal.

Our investigations to date have included:

The Washoe Club, in Virginia City, Nevada, where we photographed Orbs, and experienced cold spots.

Blue-green Orb in the Washoe Club, Virginia City, Nevada

On the same trip, we also visited the Gold HillHotel. At that location we encountered the lingering smell of cherry pipe smoke, related to William Sharon, who perished in the Yellow Jacket Mine fire of 1869. We also photographed what appears to be a woman in a front window of the second floor.  Perhaps this was Rosie, the other spirit who haunts the Gold Hill Hotel.

'Rosie' the female ghost who haunts the Gold Hill Hotel & Saloon

The most remarkable investigation was at the site of an abandoned cemetery in Lucas Valley, California.  The cemetery is unmarked, as are  most of the graves.  This cemetery is on the former site of the old Marin County Hospital, and contains the souls of patients, the indigent and convicts.  During our investigation, we captured a full-body apparition and an intelligent EVP.  Watch this short video to review our evidence. We will continue to research this site, as we believe it to be a very active location.

Full Body Apparition in the Pauper Cemetery

In our investigations we use a digital voice recorder, and digital flash photography.  During a visit to the Jackson Cemetery in Jackson, California, we captured distinct gunshots, and a plea from a murdered stagecoach guard.

Our approach is scientific, and we make every attempt to remain objective and free of negativity.

We will be continuing our investigations, and hope to include the following locations; Preston Castle, the USS Hornet, Finley’s Bar, and the Ryde Hotel, just to name a few.