Case: 018 Lamantia Home

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Final Report and Analysis

Case 018

Lamantia Home

March 13, 2010

Clear Fork, Virginia


Rodney Shortridge, Aaron Shortridge, Mike Brown, Amy Flick along with New Members Matt O'Quinn,  Heather Lamantia & Nathan Rasnick

     On March 13, 2010 the BDPS team investigated the Lamantia Home located in Tazewell County in the town of Clear Fork, Virginia. I would like to take this moment to thank Heather Lamantia and her family for giving us permission to investigate their family home. We decided to use three teams to investigate this site. The first team consisted of Mike and new member Nathan. The second team consisted of me, Amy and new member homeowner Heather. The third team consisted of Aaron and new member Matt. We started our investigation around 8:00 p.m. and finished around 1:00 a.m. We started the investigation by investigating where the hot spots are in the home; the upstairs which consisted of the sewing room, master bedroom and the children's bedroom. Each team worked on a rotation. This was a huge experience and very helpful in training the new investigators.

     Equipment used at this site included (5) DVR's (Digital Voice Recorders), (1) Microcassette Recorder, (4) Zero Lux low lever IR (infer red) cameras, (1) digital camera, (1) Nikon camera, (1) K2 Meter, (1) EMF Meter, and (1) Laser Thermometer.

     We placed (1) DVR (Digital Voice Recorder) in the living room, (1) DVR (Digital Voice Recorder) in the dining room, (1) DVR (Digital Voice Recorder) in the sewing room, (1) DVR (Digital Voice Recorder) in the master bedroom along with (1) IR camera, (1) DVR (Digital Voice Recorder) in the children's room along with (1) IR camera. We also placed (1) IR camera in the attic and (1) IR camera in the upstairs hallway. (1) Microcassette Recorder was carried by each team during their investigations. Also, each team carried along with them during their investigations one of the following: the K2 Meter, EMF (Electro Magnetic Field) Meter or Laser Thermometer.

History: This was the second house on this sight. We could not find out when the first one was built, but this house was built in the 1950's. There are two tombstones back in the fields of the property that have the names John Baugh and Agnes Baugh, both dated 1898. The house and property has stayed in the same family line since the building of the house in the 50's. It was the Leffel Farm. Now the farm is owned by Rodney Neel. The house belonged to his grandmother. 

Reports & Claims: It has been reported that the current residents hear unexplained noises.

Personal Experiences:

Nathan Rasnick:  1.  When I was alone in the hall way on the 2nd floor I had the hair on my right arm stand up in about a 4 inch line about 3 inches from my wrist. It felt like the hair on my arm was being pulled.  The camera in the hall way was right in front of me so it should be on the tape. I let Mike know and he called Rodney and Rodney recorded the time down on the review paper.
2. Mike kept getting high K2 meter readings at the door way of the master bed room. We noted that there were no other high K2 meters reading in that room before or after. I did a temperature reading and EMF reading at the door way and had no change in temperature and no high readings on the EMF meter.
3. Mike called me in the girls' room to see if I heard a knocking noise coming from the door on the other side of the room. At first I couldn't hear anything but then we heard a very low knocking coming from the dresser. I thought it came more from the dresser than behind the dresser.  We looked through the dresser to see if maybe a mouse was nesting in it, but we couldn't find anything.
4. Me and Mike were viewing the monitor when Aaron and Matt were up on the 2nd floor. We viewed a bat on the camera that was behind the little door in the girls' room where they heard a knocking noise coming from.  (I think that if the door wasn't painted and boarded closed, when the bat lands and then flies around and comes back like we saw it do, that would be the sound the girls would have been hearing.)

Photo evidence: There was no photo evidence.

Video evidence: There was no video evidence

Note:  BDPS does not support the idea of orbs as evidence of the paranormal because most orbs can be explained away as dust, bugs, rain, mist, fog etc. There are cases that the orbs we photograph seem to move with some type of intelligent intent. We post these photos because we feel that there needs to be more investigation into the Orb Phenomenon and we shouldn't be so quick to dismiss this phenomenon without further investigation and explanation. So we show these photos in an attempt to add another piece to the puzzle and leave this decision up to you to accept or dismiss orbs as evidence. It is also my opinion to show all evidence so we all can learn from what might be an area of the paranormal that may be getting over looked by researchers.

EVP's (Electronic Voice Phenomenon)

We heard the following EVP's (Electronic Voice Phenomenon) and unexplained noises on our DVR's (Digital Voice Recorders) & Microcassette Recorders:

 Children's Bedroom:

Unexplained - Clicking

Unexplained - Knocking

Unexplained - Low moan

Unexplained - Voice "Hey"

Unexplained - Female voice "Rodney"

Unexplained - Door or drawer jiggling

Master bedroom:

Unexplained - Yell

Unexplained - Whistle

Unexplained - Click

Unexplained - Slap noise

Unexplained - Whispering (couldn't make out what was being said)

Unexplained - Music Notes

Unexplained - Voice (couldn't make out what was being said)

Sewing Room:

Unexplained - Voice "Stop it"

Unexplained - Female or child whispering (couldn't make out what was being said)

Unexplained- Door movement

Unexplained - Male Voice (Alvin, Alvin)

Unexplained - Voice "Help me"

Unexplained - Voice (couldn't make out what was being said)

Unexplained - Bang

Unexplained - Voice "Yeah"

     We have come to the conclusion that the Lamantia Home has very low paranormal activity. We were able to debunk many of the claims as nothing more than rodents, drafts and air pressure causing a vacuum when closing the entrance doors which cause the doors and drawers of the chest of drawers and cabinet doors to jiggle. With no photographic and video evidence, only audio evidence to back up some of the claims, this helped us to determine our conclusion. We look forward to one day coming back to investigate the Lamantia Home with more advanced equipment. This was our eighteenth investigation and it was a great success. I feel honored to have had the success we've had and to be working alongside such a professional team.

     I look forward to our next investigation. If anyone would like for us to do a paranormal investigation of their home, business, church, property or a family cemetery please contact us. If you would just like to speak with us about any paranormal activity you may be having we would love to hear from you. No problem is too small. We would be honored to help and we do not charge for our services. Contact BDPS to set up a time and place for us to discuss your paranormal questions and or problems.

            I feel honored to be working with such a great team. Without the team's hard work and professionalism BDPS would not be what it has become today.

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New Members

New Members: Matt O'Quinn, Heather Lamantia & Nathan Rasnick  

Rev. Russell Hatfield & Jerry Conner have become Honorary Members of BDPS

I would like to thank all of the BDPS members for all their hard work. To all of our clients, a special ‘thank you' for giving us the opportunity to be able to come in and help to the best of our abilities. I know with the team that I have formed we will have exciting investigations in the future. I would like to let everyone know that our members have become more to me than just investigators, they have become my family. Without them BDPS would not be possible. Just like a family we sometimes agree and sometimes we don't agree but each and every member of BDPS is very special to me. Thanks guys you kick ass!!!

     I hope everyone enjoys the photos and the analysis sheet along with the new video we are providing. Also we will have our EVP's, photos and any video evidence on the website for everyone to view and listen to. You can judge it for yourself. If anyone has any questions or comments we would love to hear from you. Let us know what you think.

Thank you,

Rodney Shortridge

Founder/Lead Investigator

Heather Lamantia

Case Manager

Black Diamond Paranormal Society