The International Writers
Haunting in Jackson
Paul Dale Roberts
is my first time experiencing a true paranormal investigation.
Call us ghost hunters, ghost busters, ghost tracers, but
to be more formal, we can be called paranormal investigators.
The outfit is called H.P.I. (Haunted and Paranormal Investigations)
of Northern California.
The president is the lovely Shannon McCabe. Shannon is a unique
individual that also is a vocalist and is involved with vocal lessons,
recording, band management and bookings, event planning, floral design
and has a website at www.SnMPProductionsCo.com
or www.MySpace.com/SnMProductionsCo. This talented woman also
seeks the truth of hauntings and maintains a skeptical mind on all events
that are witnessed by her outfit H.P.I. She seeks a scientific
explanation, or when all scientific possibilities are eliminated, it leaves
only one answer. The paranormal.
January 20, 2007, Saturday, I found myself arriving at The National
Hotel, 2 Water Street, Jackson, CA.
Roll Call for H.P.I. Investigators that don't mind having their names
disclosed were: Shannon McCabe, President; Brian Colbert; Julie
English; Paul Dale Roberts; Mary Casiano; Anne Temple (Spiritual/Psychic
Reader); John Wachter; Jonathan Russell; Alicia; Michelle Paykel.
There were 28 H.P.I. paranormal investigators and other names will be
withheld for their privacy. The National Hotel in Jackson, California
dates back to the 1800s. Guests of the hotels have witnessed many
paranormal events. The total number of entities in the hotel have
been documented to a big 30. When I arrived, their was a band playing
and patrons gyrating on the dance floor to rock and roll and R&B.
One of the buzzed patrons yelled out..."happy ghost hunting!"
The HPI investigators were setting up video cameras in all locations
of the floors of the hotel. The lap tops were turned on to analyze
electronic voice phenomenon. In one recording you could distinctly
hear a female voice say the word 'chill'.
I became familiar with a Gauss aka E.M.F. (electro magnetic
field reader). Brian Colbert, another paranormal investigator briefed
me on a Tempgun, which detects the influx of temperature. Very good
in reading 'cold spots'. When the band and patrons left, the lights
went out and the investigators had access to more rooms. In one
room called The Bordello, I felt a thickness in the air. When leaving
this room and returning perhaps an hour later, the thickness was gone.
Armed with my digital camera, I took pictures of various areas of
the hotel. The method is to take two pictures of each area, so there
is no misinterpretation of the picture taken. The spirits must have
been attracted to Julie English. She took many photos with her digital
camera and picked up many 'orbs' in her photographs.
Julie English at 1:52am took a photograph of a bath towel in Room 55 and
an orb appeared in the photo. She snapped another photo of the bed in
Room 55 and another orb appeared. I snapped photos of the same areas
and no orbs appeared on my photographs. One unsubstantiated claim
was that intuitive Anne Temple claimed that a little girl made her presence
known and followed John Wachter. During this incident an electronic
magnetic field monitor device was used and witnessed by Michelle Paykel.
The little ghostly spirit of the girl that followed John Wachter
whispered 'Cindy'. Some of the patrons of the bar were curious on
what H.P.I. was doing and one patron, name unknown claimed he was a psychic
and claimed an angry man entity was walking up and down the hallway. This
entity was mumbling gibberish and was completely incoherent. The
psychic patron claimed this was a troubled spirit. Anne Temple followed
up to say that he smoked a cigar and that he was yelling 'get out'. The
patron psychic said he was 5' 10", average aged man with an ethnic
Observing the patron psychic, I detected that he was somewhat intoxicated.
There was a time he was glass eyed and standing up against the wall. Shannon
McCabe asked him...'what's wrong?' He later told me that he receives
headaches when there are too many ghosts around. One of the investigators
asked him to leave, because we felt he was hindering on our investigations.
Shannon McCabe showed me around to various rooms. She is a seasoned
investigator and as we sat in the dark, she would entice the spirit to
show itself. While Shannon was trying to detect any Electronic Voice
Phenomenon, any kind of noises that were being made, she would make the
comment..."someone's footsteps are being heard" or "Paul
coughing", so there is no confusion on what those noises are.
Shannon enticed a spirit named "Jeffrey" and I snapped one photo
over the bed area and captured 2 orbs on my camera. I snapped again,
in the same direction of the orbs and there were no more orbs present
in the 2nd photo. This was in Room 52 of the hotel. One of
the lady workers of the hotel related all kinds of ghost stories to us.
She told us how a crashed echoed throughout the hotel, sounding
like broken glass or broken wood and when walking into the room where
the sound came from, they found no broken glass or wood. She explained
that rooms with many sightings, were rooms 61, 47 and 45. One room,
a cowboy male ghost is seen and that this ghost once told a little girl
with a video camera...'run bitch!' Shannon and about 4 other
paranormal investigators sat in that room, trying to entice the cowboy
ghost. We had no results in this room. I later sat in this
room by myself and felt no presence. I even dared to sit in dark
closets by myself and even investigated the attic and no results.
One unidentified woman paranormal investigator took a photo and got a
misty white cloud on her digital photo. Michelle Paykel took a digital
photo and a white blob appeared on the staircase digital photo. At
4:20am, more digital photos were taken in Room 60 and orbs appeared on
the photographs. The final story for this evening occurred in Room
47, the infamous Bordello Room with it's lavish provocative maroon decor
This story is related to me by Mary Casiano, Jonathan Russell and
Anne Temple, the Spiritual Reader of www.Bluepantherspirit.com They
witnessed or experienced everything from a poke in the neck, whispering,
hair pulling, tugging on hair, a touch or brushing of the face, hands
feeling cold, hair pushed back. Jonathan Russell claims he was sitting
on a chair and felt a pressure on his lap and even felt like he was being
groped. I went into the Bordello Room by myself and sat in the same chair
as Jonathan. I sat in there for a good 20 minutes and experienced
nothing. The only thing I experienced in this room, was earlier
in the evening, I felt a thickness in the air. Overall this was
a fun learning experience and I hope our next investigation into a haunting
will produce some exciting results. All digital photographs and
Electronic Voice Phenomenon will be analzed. The results are pending.
For anyone interested in this field! Like the patron told
me...."Happy Ghost Hunting!"
© Paul Dale Roberts Feb 2007
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