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1st MI:ST Society Investigation of Inwood Hills Park, NYC  5/16/9,
THE MI:ST Society

DATE: Saturday, May 16th, 2009
TIME: 9pm – 11pm
LOCATION: Inwood Hills Park (The woods past the soccer field & nearby Indian Caves – West of the 218th Street Entrance at Indian Road), New York, NY, 10034
INVESTIGATORS: John Galvin & Tom Vullo
EQUIPMENT: Safe Range EMF Meter (K-ll meter), GaussMaster (EMF detector), Audio Enhancer (real-time EVP Listener), TA20 Digital In/Out Thermometer, 2 LED Flashlights, 2 Midland X-tra Talk GMRS/FRS Radios (Walkie-Talkies), Digital Still Camera, 2 official MI:ST caps, 1 Fishing Vest (Equipment Vest)


Investigator John Galvin’s Notes: I got a base-line reading of the background EMF while walking to the park using the EMF detector. Readings were 0 (zero) except when placed directly against a lamp post, then it would jump to 1, the bases of the lamp posts were registering 1.5 – 2. These lamp post readings continued to remain steady through the park and it’s pathways. Otherwise the park didn’t move the meter… that was to be expected. I also worked with the digital camera while in the woods and at the old Indian Caves. I suggest that every time a photo is taken the word “Flash” should be said to warn the other MI:ST member(s) so as to not blind them. 88 digital still photos were taken, many of them were taken three shots in a row. This was done so if any anomaly appears in one it can be tested against the next two shots. There were several photos of anomalous orbs. Normally MI:ST does not concern itself with orbs since there are so many things that could cause one to show up in a photo that one can not really say what they are. This one orb photo however is an irregular-shaped circle of self-illumination that appeared in the photo when Tom said the K-ll meter jumped three lights from a base reading of zero. Given the combination that it was a cool, dry night in the woods and we were in the midst of a very rocky / hilly terrain I believe that what we caught on the digital still camera is an “energy packet”, a release of electrical energy from the rubbing, cracking, or splitting of rocks and/or earth. It floated up from the ground and as it past the K-ll meter in Tom’s hand it set it off. I took the shot as soon as Tom said he got a hit on the meter, catching the energy-packet before it dissipated or floated away.
But that’s just this researcher’s opinion.
During the investigation I tried talking out loud to any spirit (s) that may be in the area (both Native American spirits as well as colonizers and more modern spirits). They were invited to touch the K-ll meter and the EMF meter but nothing happen. According to Tom he did not hear anything voice-like on the audio enhancer either.
As far as the digital thermometer goes, I think that outdoors was not the best test for it and I look foreword to testing it during an indoor case.
The Walkie-Talkies worked fine, but we did have some bleeding over from a CB. We will have to play around with the channel setting to find a good one for us to use as a team.
The EMF meter worked fine and I have no complaints about it. I look foreword to using it again in the future.
Overall the equipment I tested ran as good as expected and I am very happy with the results. One note, the donated digital still camera has several blown pixels that any investigator should be aware of when looking at pictures taken with it, they are easy to spot since they always appear in the same place on the screen in every picture.
The cap fit nicely and kept my head warm. lol 🙂
The equipment vest was nice for holding equipment, cell phone, notepad and pen & pencil… I just have to start getting use to putting everything in the same place all the time so I always know where to find anything I may be carrying at a moments notice.
I can’t wait for our first indoor test!

Investigative Researcher Tom Vullo’s Notes: As we walked through the park I was able to pick up the hum of the street lights and underground systems in the park. When we got to the fire pit and caves the hum died and except for an occasional dim crackle, I didn’t get anything out of the real-time EVP Listener. However it worked well, and so did the K-ll meter.
When looking around the fire pit area I got three unusual “bumps” on my meter. The 2nd bump I announced to John and he took a photo of me. The photo revealed an “orb” directly in front of me.
It’s a cool picture, but I don’t believe it was anything paranormal. John’s energy discharge from the surrounding stone theory seems right to me. We were at the rock at night when the stones were cooling and contracting. But I don’t think we have enough evidence to entirely rule out dust.
All the equipment worked well. The Walkie-Talkie channel was a little crowded but that is an easy fix, so I thought the equipment test investigation was a roaring success.
I would like to try an indoor test of the equipment next.

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Tom's Orbs

On our very first outing we catch orbs floating around Tom as the K-II meter in his hand jumps several times.
Too bad there is no evidence to say this is anything other than a case of possible piezoelectric effect.
Piezoelectricity is the ability of some materials (notably crystals and certain ceramics, including bone) to generate an electric potential in response to applied mechanical stress. This may take the form of a separation of electric charge across the crystal lattice. If the material is not short-circuited, the applied charge induces a voltage across the material. The word is derived from the Greek piezo or piezein, which means to squeeze or press.
The piezoelectric effect is reversible in that materials exhibiting the direct piezoelectric effect (the production of an electric potential when stress is applied) also exhibit the reverse piezoelectric effect (the production of stress and/or strain when an electric field is applied). For example, lead zirconate titanate crystals will exhibit a maximum shape change of about 0.1% of the original dimension.
The effect finds useful applications such as the production and detection of sound, generation of high voltages, electronic frequency generation, microbalances, and ultra fine focusing of optical assemblies. It is also the basis of a number of scientific instrumental techniques with atomic resolution, the scanning probe microscopies such as STM, AFM, MTA, SNOM etc, and everyday uses such as acting as the ignition source for cigarette lighters and push-start propane barbecues.

Due to the nature of orbs it is impossible for any investigator to know for sure what causes it during an investigation… bugs, dust, moisture refraction, piezoelectricity, or even camera imperfections.   Over the years every professional photographer I have spoken to about orbs have all told me the same thing… they get them when they use lower-end cameras, but NEVER when they use the top-of-the-line expensive professional cameras.
Beware any one that uses orbs as “proof positive evidence” of a haunting.


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