October 04, 2007 07:10 AM by Joe Blackmon
Written by Jennifer Brown. The guys catch a shadow at the Presidio, and some amazing EVPs at a baby superstore. Case #1: The Presidio. Jason, Grant and the team have rolled into sunny San Francisco,
ready to take on The Presidio, an historic military fort. Kris gives
the guys the scoop on the history of the building [definition alert:
Presidio means "a walled fort"] and tells them a little about the
claims of haunting.
They meet Dr. Thomas Smith, Presidio Historian, who takes them on a tour and tells them about all the odd happenings that have been reported over the years: voices, the smell of flowers and smoke, tapping, and a full-bodied apparition of a woman in Spanish garb. Also, he tells them, there have been reports of food smells emanating from the kitchen. “From the kitchen?” Jason quips. “How odd,” [insert rim shot here]
The tour finished, Thomas talks to the cameras while the team sets up equipment. “I’m a skeptic,” he admits. “You always have to take everything with a grain of salt.”
They go dark and split off into teams. Jason & Grant head for the Viewing Room and after little inspection Grant finds a janitor’s closet, full of perfumes and cleaning solutions, possibly explaining the phantom scent of flowers [debunk slam dunk!] Tango & Kris make their way through the kitchen, asking for ghosts to make the sounds of pots and pans clanging. Suddenly there’s a loud bang! Soon it’s followed by another! Ghostly bangs? Nope, it’s just the ice machine [debunk slam dunk #2!]. Jason & Grant head into the Smoking Room to check out the phantom scent of smoke. Not a surprise, they can smell it, too – emanating out of the walls, which have soaked up the smoke over the years. Not a ghost, just porous wood [debunk slam dunk #3!]. Steve leaves the control center long enough to hear some faint music in the Ballroom. Finally, Tango & Kris are in the Lounge. They ask the ghosts to tap three times and,get it! When Tango gets up to investigate, Kris feels a cold sensation on her leg. Wrap up and head out!
Case #1, The Findings: Steve finds an EVP – or should I say possible EVP because I never could quite make anything out – that might sound like something moving across the floor or could possibly be saying the word “Chap.” Either way, it’s not too earth-shattering.
Tango finds a couple videos, both sketchy and too quick to question or accept properly, and both in The Ballroom, AKA: the place where the Spanish Lady is often seen. The video shows a shadowy figure stepping out from a dark area. Jason calls it a “black mass,” but heck that’s a human figure if I’ve ever seen one! What’s not clear to the viewer is whether it’s a figure or someone’s shadow. In other words, I’ve seen better. They take these vague findings back to Thomas the historian and, though he appears impressed, the guys aren’t ready to give him the rare thumbs up. “I’m not ready to say it’s haunted,” Grant says.
Case #2: Lullaby Lane. Lullaby Lane is the first store the team has ever investigated. A family-owned business for multiple generations, the store has been experiencing some unusual activity that they suppose might be a past employee named Jean. Footsteps in the creepy upstairs stock room, an office chair that likes to spin on its own, big band music mysteriously playing. The store is cavernous and has promise.
However, the night appears to be a dud, as Jason & Grant right away zero in on a Fear Cage in the stock room [definition alert: a Fear Cage is what Jason & Grant call a place with a high electromagnetic field (EMF), because a high EMF can be misinterpreted as a paranormal experience]. They try to run a thermal sweep, but there is too much reflection. Likewise, Tango & Steve try to investigate and right away find a giant crack in the concrete wall that leads out to an alley. Steve goes out and stomps around and sure enough, Tango can hear footsteps and noises inside [debunk slam dunk #4!] Steve & Kris venture out together and Steve sees this as a good time for some more instructing for the new TAPS member. “It’s a little overwhelming,” Kris admits,but is she talking about the learning curve or about Steve’s godawful baggy plaid shorts,? Finally, Jason & Grant do some EVP work, practically begging Jean to show them a sign of her presence. Wrap up and head out!
Case #2, The Findings: It may have looked like a dud, but Lullaby Lane was an EVP jackpot! After quickly debunking something that looked like a flaming bunny on the thermal (“Just reflection,” Jason rules), they analyze some very interesting sounds on the voice recorder.
EVP #1: Some low growling voice – scary but unclear. Might be saying, “Where is Carrie?” or “Don’t be scared of me.” Uh,too late, disembodied voice!
EVP #2: [goosebump alert!] After asking Jean to make herself known, a low, raspy voice is heard answering Jason, “There is no Jean here.” “That’s a creepy voice,” Jason says. At least I think that’s what he said – I was hiding under my bed.
EVP #3: Following Grant’s pressing for Jean’s presence, a voice pleads, “Please just leave us alone.” That’s right: Us. As in more than one ghost.
The guys rule these the clearest EVPs they’ve heard in a long time. “There’s gotta be something going on here,” Grant says to the shocked owners of Lullaby Lane, which technically isn’t “This place is haunted,” but with these guys is pretty darn close. They pile back into the GhostMobile and fist-five, another job well-done!
Next week on Ghost Hunters: TAPS heads back up to Seattle to investigate a haunted home and the famous Moore theater.