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Monday’s (March 22nd, 2010) preliminary investigation conducted at a brownstone at 35 W 74th St. New York, NY 10023 at 1:00pm, did not gather us any information worthy of a full-fledged investigation.

Lots of man-made electrical activity …and some sign of a possible fear cage effect along the stairwell leading from the second to the third floor. There was some evidence of a potential haunting brought to our attention by one of the building’s dogwalkers, but since -by definition- that is only a residual “fingerprint” there is nothing for us to interact with… and until a building official gives us full permission we’re at a brick wall.

The OFFICIAL MI:ST SOCIETY Conclusion of our Preliminary Investigation:  At the time of this investigation there was no active evidence of any paranormal activity that was substantiated by our  team.


3rd MI:ST Society Investigation of Inwood Hills Park, NYC 1/16/10



K-II meter and ELF EMF meters on the "electromagnetic" boulder. This time we discovered no strange readings on the boulder itself.

Brendan "monkeys" up the wooded hill following an EMF signal as Evelyn and Dan watch on

Dan and Brendan continue to trace the source of the Electromagnetic fluctuations

John and Tom Bustamante, a friend of the MI:ST Society, discuss suicides at the nearby Henry Hudson Bridge with the team

Evelyn, Dan, and Dan continue to study the electromagnetic energy

A piezoelectric orb appears as Dan gets a hit on the K-II meter at the "electromagnetic" boulder

Although the K-II and GaussMaster have similar calibrations, once again they don't pick up activity at the same time at the same place.

Another piezoelectric orb appears setting off the equipment

Dan believes he finds a trace of possible power line energy traveling up the hill into the woods but we couldn't be 100% sure

John leads the team in an EVP session at the "electromagnectic" boulder

Orbs seem to announce the team's move from the boulder to the "Indian Caves" at the other end of Inwood Hills Park

MI:STcot Murphy Maximus Magoo stands ready to defend the team from supernatural menaces


The MI:ST Society
Metaphysical Investigations: Search & Test

The Historic Morris-Jumel Mansion

The MI:ST Society was overwhelmed to get the phone call from Dan at Sturges Paranormal asking if we would like to be involved in an investigation at the historic Morris-Jumel Mansion, the oldest standing house on the isle of Manhattan here in New York City.
The MI:ST Society and Sturgis Paranormal were joined by several of the investigators from Paranormal Investigations of NYC.
We would all like to thank both the NY Post as well as the NYC Parks & Recreation Department and the Historic House Trust for making all this happen.
This marks the first time since Hans Holzer investigated the estate in the mid 1960s that the Morris-Jumel Mansion has allowed paranormal researchers to set up equipment and test the claims of the paranormal activity that is said to take place their.

The Morris-Jumel Mansion was built 1765 by the British Colonel Roger Morris and his American wife, Mary Philipse.
George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and John Quincy Adams, Aaron Burr, Alexander Hamilton and Henry Knox have all lived, worked, or stayed at the mansion at one point or another.
In 1810, under new ownership, the Mansion was restored to its original purpose as a country house by the French emigrant Stephen Jumel and his wife Eliza.

Now on to the Investigation…

DATE: 10/19/09
TIME: 1900 – 2300
LEAD INVESTIGATORS: John C. Galvin, Dan Sturges
OTHER INVESTIGATOR: no other members of the MI:ST Society were on hand.  Three members of the Paranormal Investigations of NYC were on hand, Dom Villella,  Traci Borders, and Victor Fuhrman
EQUIPMENT BEING USED: K-II meter, EMF Detector, Analog Audio Recorder, Digital Audio Recorder, Digital Still Camera, Infra-red Level, Flashlights (x2), TriField Natural EMF detector, and a TriField EMF detector.

LOCATION NAME: The Morris-Jumel Mansion
LOCATION ADDRESS: 65 Jumel Terrace New York, NY 10032-5360
NAME OF RESIDENT(S) & CONTACT INFO.: None, managed by the Historic House Trust
REASON FOR INVESTIGATION: Invited by the NY Post and the Historic House Trust to investigate reports of apparitions and hauntings that were last investigated by Hans Holzer in 1964, including sightings of Lady Jumel on the balcony, voices heard near the grandfather’s clock, phantom sounds, and mysterious feelings.


LIST ALL PHENOMENA OBSERVED DURING THIS INVESTIGATION; TIME, OBSERVERS, INCIDENT: The MI:ST representative on hand for this investigation, president and co-founder John Galvin, was using a digital-audio recorder in tandem with his digital camera and EMF detector.
We encountered a low-level EMF reading throughout the mansion, but absolutely nothing higher than would be expected with electrical wires and equipment running. At no time did this investigator’s EMF detector pick up anything unusual nor did any of the other investigators present (at least that anyone mentioned).
After reviewing the photos taken at the mansion we could only find one shot that seems like it has anything to offer, a strange glow on the window pane in the Aaron Burr bedroom that looks as if there is almost a face looking into the second floor room. This photo can be seen in our photo section here on Facebook.
The digital audio recordings from the investigation yielded up nothing unusual or out of place.
When the video of the investigation was reviewed there were no unexplained occurrences to be seen. However there are several distinct raps, or taps that are heard to hit the camera when certain questions were directly asked to Eliza Jumel while we were conducting an EVP session on the second floor.
As far as personal experiences go there was nothing sensed by this investigator. There were no “cold spots” or “hot spots” felt, no images seen, nothing out of sorts that was heard, no phantom smells detected, no stray tastes sensed. No other investigator on hand reported anything to us.
There is one thing I would like to make note of. While the entire group was on the second floor during the EVP session, Victor (Reiki Master and member of Paranormal Investigation of NYC) said he sensed / saw a ripple of energy at the entrance door to the Aaron Burr room. As I moved into position to snap some shots I was looking at the view screen on my camera and I saw a white mass quickly pass by and out of sight. I only saw the image for a second and could not react in time to take the shot. It had shape that I could make out. The image was only seen on the view screen and not in front of me otherwise that I could see. I have no idea what that could have been.
Due to the lack of personal experiences as well as lack of any evidence collected with the equipment the MI:ST Society will have to conclude that the Morris-Jumel Mansion is not haunted nor is there any paranormal activity there.
Please take note that this is based on less than four hours of investigation with three teams of paranormal investigators and a news crew with us.
I believe that a second investigation with a smaller number of people on hand would be in order to verify the findings (or should I say the lack of findings) from this investigation.

The MI:ST Society would like to thank the NY Post for arranging this investigation as well as the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, and the Historic House Trust for giving their permission(and for being such Great hosts!).

We would also like to give a big thank you to Sturges Paranormal’s Dan Sturges for inviting us to be part of this landmark investigation of the oldest house in Manhattan.

And last, but not least, we would like to thank Dom, Traci, and Victor from Paranormal Investigations of NYC being so professional in their work and being so cool and welcoming to us.

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The Aaron Burr Room

This shot looks into the Aaron Burr room on the second floor.  The bright white light in the right side window is from the flash on my camera.
What is that in the middle bottom-row window pane in the left?

THE MI:ST Society


DATE: 9/18/09
TIME: 2230-0100
LEAD INVESTIGATORS: John C. Galvin, Tom S. Vullo
EQUIPMENT BEING USED: K-II meter, EMF Detector, Analog Audio Recorder, Digital Audio Recorder, Digital Still Camera, Infra-red Level, Flashlights (x2).

REASON FOR INVESTIGATION: Sound of front door opening and closing, Sound of window opening and closing, Sound of footsteps walking through front door to kitchen, Feeling of being watched/not alone.
HOW MANY ROOMS: 1 Bedroom, 1 Living room, 1 Kitchen, 1 Bathroom, 1 Foyer, 2 Closets.

SUNSET: 6:59 pm
LUNAR PHASE: Waxing Crescent
WIND DIRECTION & SPEED: NNW at 13mph, with gusts up to 18mph
BAROMETER: 30.12″ (1019.0 mb)
VISIBILITY: 10.0 miles
PRESSURE: 30.08 up

LIST ALL PHENOMENA OBSERVED DURING THIS INVESTIGATION; TIME, OBSERVERS, INCIDENT: Unfortunately nothing seemed to have happened while the investigators were on the premises.
No one had any personal encounters while on the case.
After going over all the Analog and Digital recordings nothing conclusive could be found.  There was a lot of background noise contaminating the audios which made them impossible to to use as evidence.
The Digital photos came up with nothing as well other than one orb.  The orb photo was taken at a time when Investigator Tom Vullo had gotten a hit on the K-II meter that went from one to three lights very suddenly and disappeared as soon as the photo was taken.  At first it was thought that it was another example of a simple packet of earth energy that just happen to be floating past him when the picture was taken.  After looking at the photo several times we believe it to be nothing more than a mote of dust, which would make sense in light of the client telling us they were moving in the following week and had kicked up a lot of dust while packing during the week.  We will post this photo for your consideration.

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Dust mote orb?

The dreaded “Orb” floats in a ready attack position behind Tom’s neck!
Look out Tom!
Oh, wait. . .
that’s just a dust mote.

Evelyn meets a shadow?

We are not 100% sure what happen here in these photos of Evelyn.
Everything seems OK in this first photo. . .

Overcome by darkness

. . . then everything gets really dark around her. . .

The darkness departs

. . . until this last photo of her where it seems to be pulling away to her left.

2nd MI:ST Society Investigation of Inwood Hills Park, NYC  2/21/9,
THE MI:ST Society

DATE: Sunday, June 21st, 2009
TIME: 8pm – 10pm
LOCATION: Inwood Hills Park (The woods leading up to, under, and past the Henry Hudson Bridge), New York, NY, 10034
RESEARCHERS: John Galvin, Tom Vullo, and Greg Myers.
EQUIPMENT: Safe Range EMF Meter (K-ll), GaussMaster (EMF meter), Audio Enhancer (EVP Listener), 2 LED Flashlights, 2 Midland X-tra Talk GMRS/FRS Radios (Walkie-Talkies), Digital Still Camera.
REASON FOR RESEARCH/INVESTIGATION: Welcome to MI:ST walk through of Inwood Hills Park.

SUNSET: 8:31pm
PRECIPITATION: Heavy rain walking down to the park, ending within 15 minutes of entering the park.  No thunder or lightning.
TEMPERATURE: 63 degrees Fahrenheit.
HEAT INDEX: 63 degrees Fahrenheit.
WINDCHILL: 63 degrees Fahrenheit.
PRESSURE: 29.60 (inches)
SEA LEVEL: 1001.6 (mb
LUNAR PHASE: Crescent moon, waning


Investigator John Galvin’s Report: Greg Myers officially joined the MI:ST Society and attended his first meeting tonight!  WELCOME TO THE FAMILY, GREG!
After a group meeting where we decided on a plan to advertise our services and discussed what we wanted out of the website Greg is designing for us.
Although it was raining, we decided to walk through the hills of Inwood Park anyway so at the very least we could experience what an outdoor investigation in the rain was like. We were not disappointed… it sucked as much as we thought it would.  LOL!  But at least the rain stopped moments after we got to the park.
Tom decided to work with the EVP Listener while Greg experimented with the K-II. I handled the EMF Meter and the Digital Still Camera.
This time out me and Tom were able to find a clear channel for the Walkie-Talkies.
As far as the EMF Meter goes I was able to determine where power lines ran under the ground. That was all as expected. I did find anomalous spots of floating emf energy that seemed to be nowhere near any power-lines while we walked through the park, even off the path and above my head. Oddly enough, almost none of my spikes where picked up by Greg or heard by Tom. Many times one of them would would get a hit that the other two of us could not confirm.

One incident that stood out to us was the “electric boulder”, but I’ll let Greg and Tom go into detail about that since my EMF Meter picked up nothing.  Although I took several pictures of their investigation of the phenomena it looks as if nothing of interest came out of them initially. On our walk back, however, we investigated the boulder a second time and got the same results but this time one of the pictures showed an odd “cloud” floating between Tom and Greg that none of us saw at the time with our own eyes. This photo needs to be further studied.

We are planning on going back to the boulder again and testing it again under different weather conditions as well as different times of the day.

Once we passed under the Henry Hudson Bridge I started to pick up odd fluctuations on the EMF Meter that seemed steady at waist level one moment, then raising above my head, then floating back down. I tried to open a dialogue with anything that may have been present. At first we seemed to be getting responses to our “1 beep yes, 2 beeps no” on the EMF Meter that corresponded to our questions. Then, just as we where getting confident in the answers we were getting, the EMF Meter would go crazy and peak past the Red. At one point, while discussing whether or not we should continue foreword the EMF Meter started double beeping. We asked again if we should continue on and again the EMF Meter double beeped, and yes… even a third time. We obviously continued on anyway. We didn’t get more than several feet down the path when suddenly we were all overcome by the very distinct smell of a skunk somewhere nearby. We stopped short in our tracks! As we smelled the odor getting stronger we wisely decided to head back, slowly. Then the EMF Meter beeped once.
We never heard any sounds of the skunk in the surrounding woods, but we didn’t want to take a chance.
I will let Tom and Greg add anything they noticed at that time with their equipment in their reports.
This too needs to be investigated again under different circumstances.

Pictures were taken at every opportunity but we suffered from the same problem as we did during the last investigation in the park. Before we left brand-new batteries were put in the camera and it was kept off until Greg started getting K-II hits. After only 9 pictures the batteries were showing as empty. After taking out the batteries and placing them back in the camera did it show full battery power. However after only a dozen more shots or so the camera once more died. This went on all during the investigation.

Investigator Tom Vullo’s Report:
The second equipment test went very well, although the camera experienced some energy drain throughout the investigation.
My audio reader worked properly and I was able to pick up energy crackling along the investigation, but nothing paranormal.

As for the Electric Rock. I was unable to get a reading on the electric Rock using John’s meter, but Greg’s meter was registering a large consistent energy around the rock, We measured the rock on two separate occasions and received the same results. I was not able to pick up and unusual audio from the rock. Greg brought up the theory of natural energy discharge, which I agree with. We’ve planned further tests on the rock.

The cloud photo is very interesting. There’s too many other things the mist image could be to deem it paranormal, but it’s is important to note that Greg was getting readings on his K2 meter at the time the photos we’re taken and the EMF detector I was holding started pinning the needle for a moment as well.
Investigator Greg Myers’ Report: Unfortunately Greg Myers decided to never fill out his Investigator’s Report.   <sigh>

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Floating Orb and a Streaked Orb

Floating orbs and a “streaked orb” appear in front of our newest member, Greg Myers, and none of us saw them with our naked eyes.

The day I see a floating orb or “Streaked orb” with my own eyes during a case instead of in a photo after the case is done is the day I begin to be impressed with orbs, but then again… piezoelectric effects can be seen with the naked eye.

More orbs

Here we see another “Streaked Orb” shoot behind Lead Investigator Tom Vullo as he trains new member Greg Myers in the proper use of the team’s Gauss Master EMF Detector.

At this boulder Tom began getting getting hits on the K-II meter but Greg got no hits on the Gauss Master.  Then suddenly the K-II meter would not get any hits while the Gauss Master did.  This went back and forth for several minutes straight.

Greg Myers with Tom Vullo

We could not find any source of electromagnetic energy leading to or away from this boulder. All the readings we got seemed to center only on the boulder… no readings were detectable anywhere around the rock, just on it and above it.
As stated in an earlier picture, the readings were fluctuating – not steady, and were not picked up at the same time by the K-II meter and the EMF detector.
At this point Tom and Greg traded equipment to see if they still got fluctuating readings between the meters and they did.  Strange…

Sudden change in the digital image of the "electromagnetic" boulder

We have No Idea what happen here in this Photo of the “electromagnetic boulder” and why it seems so tinted.

Mist meets MI:ST

Maybe, but I can’t bring myself to present this as evidence of ectoplasm.
Could be a mist that was so fine we did not see or feel it, but there is another possibility…
Nikola Tesla described an “electric fog” that would occur during some of his electrical experiments and this did occur right next to the “electromagnetic boulder” we encountered.

What do You think about this photo?

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.