Being around for a decade, The Maryland Society of Ghost Hunters has been called on many local families, businesses, and institutions needing assistance in dealing with suspected paranormal activity. The group covers the Baltimore Metropolitan Area, entire state of Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware and Pennsylvania. Over the years, the group has performed hundreds of investigations.
In this article and upcoming articles; the Maryland Society of Ghost Hunters will share some of their more unique and interesting case file . The stories are true but the names have been changed to protect the identities of those involved.
Saint Michaels – “Evil in Paradise”
It was a cool comfortable day in May 2011 when Rodney Whittaker President / Founder of the Maryland Society of Ghost Hunters received an e mail titled “Please Help My Daughter” . The email was sent from a woman named Linda. In the email she began asking for help for daughter Elissa (25) , daughter’s boyfriend; John (27) , and her two grandchildren; Sue (8) and Jason (2) .The family had recently moved from their house in Easton to a small but beautiful single family home in the tourist waterfront community of Saint Michaels, Maryland. In the email, the grand daughter, Sue, said in the home the dresser would shake and vibrate, she hears bangs and strange noises .The home is so active that her granddaughter is sleeping in a sleeping bag pulled up around her head. She continued to tell he grand mom that something that had no weight to it walked up her body and stopped at her head, tried to take the sleeping bag off of her . Whatever it is breaths in their face but nothing is there. Whatever is there shakes 8yr old Sue until she urinates on herself. Elissa , Sue’s mom, was afraid to tell anyone but the same things are happening to her. It growls, slips between her and her boyfriend and pushes their mattress up under their backs. The growling is everywhere. Her boyfriend tries to pretend nothing is happening.The e mail ends in saying “Please help, my daughter can’t sleep and I am afraid for the children they are scared”along with a phone number.
Upon receiving the email, Rodney, from the Maryland Society of Ghost Hunters, immediately called Linda to find out further details on the paranormal activity they have been experiencing. During the conversation, a date was set for the Maryland Society of Ghost Hunters to send in a team to investigate. The investigation date was scheduled on a Saturday evening, two weeks from the phone conversation.
Almost a week has passed when on Friday, eight days prior to the scheduled investigation, the Maryland Society of Ghost Hunters received a call from a gentleman named Steve. Steve (23) is the brother of Elissa. Being very skeptical and hoping to find out a logical answer for the happenings in his sister’s home, Steve decided to spend a night at his sister’s home. When settled in bed , Steve was frightened beyond words when his blanket, covering him, was pulled completely off his bed. He glanced across the bedroom where he seen a black shadow figure staring at him from the corner. As he gazed in disbelief at the shadow figure , it rapidly moved directly toward him and through his body. In that moment he felt a terror and extreme coldness unlike he never experienced before. Immediately afterwards he called Rodney at the Maryland Society of Ghost Hunters. In the call Steve was distraught and terrified . The family was also now scared more than ever. In an effort to calm the family, Rodney told the family he would visit them Sunday but would not be able to investigate until the following Saturday as previously scheduled. That night, Rodney from the Maryland Society of Ghost Hunters, whom lives more than 60 miles and 1 hr. 20 min drive from Saint Michaels had his own paranormal experience. Shortly after settling in his bed, Rodney felt two hard jerks on his covers. Rodney asked his wife if she had jerked the covers but woke her upon asking. Rodney stated, it felt like a man jerking them as hard as he could. Rodney believes had he not been laying on one edge of the blanket , he is confident that it would have been pulled directly off the bed. It appears a paranormal investigator can experience visitation by a ghost , or an entity prior to visiting a site with extreme paranormal activity.
Determined to help the family and calm their fears, Rodney went to Saint Michaels to speak to the family. During his conversation with the family, he made a remarkable discovery. The family told Rodney just prior to moving from their Easton home, they discovered an unknown Satanic Shrine in the attic. They went in the attic to check to see if they can find any antiques .They found the shrine upon entering the attic though the attic opening in 8yr old girls bedroom . The walls were sprayed with satanic writings and symbols, some sort of altar with numerous candles was also discovered along with a bed. Rodney finished his interview with the family and promised to return the following Saturday to investigate.
The night of the investigation it was clear and cool that May evening. One investigator arrived early and sat in her car waiting for all to arrive. She saw the entire family exit the home and drive away. Shortly after the family left, the investigator witnessed a huge orange ball of light appear in one of the upstairs bedroom window. It stayed there for a while, then vanished. Rodney and the rest of his investigators arrived shortly afterwards. The cases of equipment were unloaded from Rodney’s SUV.Upon closing the rear door, the door refused to latch. Rodney, being knowledgeable with vehicles, worked on the latch for 20 min with no luck .In order for the door to remain shut for the return trip home across the Bay Bridge, Rodney bungee corded the door closed from inside.
The investigation began. The video cameras, digital cameras, digital recorders and various other electrical devices were used during the 5 hr. investigation. While in the game room everyone heard what sounded like Native American drumming. This was captured by the digital recorders. Nothing else appeared to seem out of the ordinary downstairs. The audio reviewed later will prove the opposite.
The team proceeded to Elisa’s room upstairs. Upon entering the room, there was a sleeping bag on the bed. There was towels and sheets stuffed in every crack ,crevice , and opening in the bedroom. While investigating the room, Rodney can see up the hallway to the 8 yr. old daughter’s room. He was kept watching the motion sensor light, his investigators placed in the room, was turning on and off on its own. All the sudden all the investigators heard a creepy eerie music playing in the distance then stopped. The group entered the 8yr olds bedroom. Upon looking around the room a musical water globe turning on by itself and played Beethooven.This happened several times. The investigators determined there were no motion detectors on the globe to cause it to turn on by itself. The investigators also found a light ring, which was turned, laying on Sue’s bed . They repeatedly turned the ring off several times only to have it turn back on by itself. The investigators then sat on the floor and began an EVP session in hopes of capturing some disembodied voices. Since Rodney’s back was facing the open hallway, he placed a lighted motion sensor facing up the hallway behind him. During the EVP session, the motion light behind Rodney kept turning on. It was if some unseen presence was sneaking up behind him. At one point Rodney stated; “ if you want to do something, fix my door lock you broke”. Later that night the investigation ended. The equipment was broken down and loaded in the SUV.While doing so, the bungee cords holding the door closed, had to be removed. After loading the equipment , Rodney inadvertently closed the SUV door .To everyone’s amazement the door closed and latched fine. It has worked ever since.
The group spent weeks afterwards reviewing all the evidence. Not much at all captured on video or on photographs. This was not the case with the audio. The group caught over 20 very clear responses to the questions asked. The voices appeared that of two separate females and two separate males. They were asked why you were hear .Every time they captured a very clear response from either a male or female saying “Get out”. One recorded voice was cursing and saying “get out”. When asked “why you bother the woman while she is alone?”, they got a womans response ”So what she is not hear by herself” .
The Maryland Society of Ghost Hunters spent months contacting churches of varying religions. The first night Rodney started contacting priest , Rodney and his wife was woken in their bedroom at 4AM by a bat flying around their bedroom.Rodney believes the bat was connected to the Saint Michaels case. Many emails and messages sent to local churches never received a response. Of the several churches who returned a response stated that the home needed much more than a blessing and I should contact the Catholic Church as they have someone to deal with cases such as this. Of the many e mails the Maryland Society of Ghost Hunters sent with no response, was the Catholic Church near St Michaels. The group tried a different approach contacting the Archdiocese in Delaware which governs the Catholic Churches Saint Michaels. Attached to the e mail was several of the EVPs or voices that were recorded at the home. It only took three days and the Archdiocese of Delaware assigned a priest to handle the case. I was called by the assigned priest and gave him the details. He stated he is going out of town for two weeks but assured Rodney and the Maryland Society of Ghost Hunters, he would help the family when he returned. Seventeen days passed and no one heard anything from the priest. Rodney called the priest for an update as to when he was planning to visit the family. Upon speaking to the priest he said, in the past two weeks, his mom became gravely ill and is in a Philadelphia hospital. He also told Rodney, in the two weeks since we last spoke he mysteriously went blind in one eye. He assured Rodney he still plans to contact the family. It’s been over 7 months and neither the Maryland Society of Ghost Hunters nor the family has ever heard back from the priest. The family continues to experience extreme paranormal activity. The children live with their grandmother due to the activity at their own house.
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