Return to Williams House, 10/14/05
Tonight I returned with a USF student doing a story on ghost hunting. We did a quick "investigation" so that she could see how the equipment worked. I also brought with me a field report form. Though unofficial, it helps me to keep my thoughts in place and record what happens.
Due to time constraints, we did the 3rd and 2nd floors only.
Oct. 14, 2005
Waxing Moon to full
Present: Sudsy (who left after letting us in), Kate (student), and myself
Building surrounded by power lines, cable lines reported to be running up trees and in the far side of the house. A/C on in building.
History: (Via Sudsy, 10-6-08): ohn Williams died in 1892, shortly after the family moved into the house. Widow Sarah remarried Capt. James Armistead a few years later.
The Williams House was sold to the Manhattan Hotel Co. in 1906. Eventually, the Ward family came into ownership. Louise (Ward) Flint Slansky was the Manhattan Hotel’s last owner – she is the daughter of Alma Ward.
Born in Detroit, Michigan, Williams was married to two women. He divorced his first wife, who was not happy in Florida. His second wife, Sara, loved Florida. She was known as a good woman who improved the town. Though she remarried (Capt. James Armistead who became mayor of St. Petersburg) when Sara died, she was buried next to her beloved John. (Incidentally, John also ran for mayor of St. Petersburg but failed to get the position. Why? He favored leaving bars open during the height of the temperance movement in St. Petersburg. His temperance-supporting opponent won).
Sudsy gave us both more information on the history of the Williams home dates and details, including John's move back to the home in 1891, and his death a year later. Could he also haunt the house?
Sudsy toured us through a bit, leaving us at the 3rd floor to investigate. We started around 6:45 p.m. I did ask the entity to interact with us nicely on both the second and third floors, and the second floor balcony.
1.2 1.4 base EMF
Temp: 85 degrees
Slight EMF flux of .2 - .4, small sporadic spikes with EMF rising about .6th of a point.
One image of the room showed a very bright white orb, with striation. Multiple pictures in the area could not duplicate the orb. Is it a possible light refraction? Again, other images show the flash reflected in the window, but no orbs.
Kate took some images of the cubby area and later told me she "felt something" there.
Cubby temperature was 88 degrees, with small spikes of EMF.
Heading down the stairs I had a strange phenomena. Kate went down first. As I walked down, taking pictures (I remembered getting orbs there the last time I was in Williams House). In the middle of the stairwell, my digital camera began to whine. This camera has NEVER ever done this. Nor have any of the 12 other digital cameras I've owned. It sounded as if it was going to explode. I quickly shut it off.
Images coming down the stairwell include several sets of multi-orb images. One orb appears to be a double orb, unlike one I've seen before. I am unsure if these are dust orbs (light and scattered) or something more.
Temperature in the hall was 78 degrees, as a/c from the second floor drifted up through the door opening into the heated area upstairs.
Reaching downstairs, Kate said that she had just seen something that she described as a mist image. I asked her if she was sensitive and she said that she had been told she was, but hadn't really tried it before. We took multiple images of the areas, but to no result.
I again asked the entity to interact with us in a friendly manner. As soon as I said that, I heard a noise coming from one of the offices behind us. Went in to check it out and found nothing. (Infrared Video used).
EMF was decreased on the 2nd floor, though Sudsy had told us that she thought there would be more activity on the 2nd floor than on the third floor. It was the area of former occupant's living quarters.
EMF read 1.6 on average.
A/C was turned on the second floor negating temperature readings (73 77 degrees)
We walked through the offices of the area taking readings but there were no unusual variations in the area. We opted to take pictures in the area where Kate saw the mist. In taking her picture, my camera shut down telling me that the batteries were depleted. However, when we moved out of that area, the camera worked normally and took another 35 to 50 shots without giving any warning of depletion or power failures.
We attempted 1 Polaroid image, which worked out to be too dark to see anything (unusual for this camera, which, when used later in similar lighting, took a decent picture of the stairwell leading to the first floor).
We went to the back porch and took more images (one former employee reported seeing the glider rocking and claimed that "Alma" stayed out there with her). We had no results. EMF was 1.2 as a base and it was 82 degrees outside.
We finished at 7:45 p.m. Kate went to get Sudsy while I packed up my equipment. I did take several more photos (including the second Polaroid picture). One image produced a light but large orb with striation. It is too light to see clearly, and almost appears to be a double orb image. It is rounder than the orb upstairs, but, again, there is a light source outside reflecting in. It could be light refraction.
Overall results: I did take multiple images of the 3rd floor stairwell. I had some images without orbs (included one, which I lightened to verify there were no orbs present). Two images did have orbs. The other 8 did not. We had the two orb images, 1 on the 3rd floor, 1 on the 1st floor, but it is hard to determine if these are naturally produced.
EVP: Nothing. Session ended at 7:44 p.m. Though I attempted a video record of the EVP, the session did not record on video.
Video: I noted that the video had problems focusing in the offices. It's possible that the windows with varying light sources were the reason for the camera's fuzziness. However, it went in and out of focus with or without the window present.
I also left the camera on while we went outside to investigate the porch. In the images, one can see slight movement of handles on the desk across from the camera as they move a/c breeze or ground vibration. However, there appears to be no other phenomena recorded.
What surprised me most were 1) My digital camera's whining sound. It has not done this since I've been home to use it. 2) The batteries depleting then the camera working for the rest of the night, taking more images than it could have on depleted batteries (with flash).The area of depletion is also an area where the Polaroid failed to work, and where Kate saw the mist.
Also need to hear back from Kate to see if any of her equipment registered results.