The Demon Priest of Mission Solano

The Demon Priest of Mission Solano

September 6, 2019 100 By William Hollis


all righty so mission san francisco solano our first mission is our first mission yeah kinda reminds Mason to accept it this is a little more ominous than it wasn’t pictures I’ll say that are you spooked out by the mission is this yeah this is kind of lying for you living childhood nightmares right now I guess what is this old I’m not all that rattled by it feel like I’m in a log cabin or something I guess shall we go inside let’s do it that is a very spooky door sound good they got this thing rigged up to be smooth I think it’s just old well we’re in yeah we’re here you do know the rumors of this place right why what’s what do you got how do you want to say it well you should because it’s that’s what people are watching for deep this week on BuzzFeed unsolved we investigate the mission san francisco solano in sonoma california as part of our ongoing investigation into the question are ghosts real this mission is the site of many tragic deaths contributing surely to the high population of ghosts and alleged history of demonic possession in Sonoma County making it my one demonic investigation sacrifice for the season so it’s a ghost appleís with maybe a demon mayor you use whatever scenario you want to to make your silly little game in your head and once it’s done I’m happy and we can move on with their life cycle wash my hands of the diamond um go take a shower you know light some candles and I’ll get a little pumice on there sure I’ll get all of my life hopefully we’ll see in 1542 the Spanish claimed the land that became California and by the mid 1700s they were groups of Spanish soldiers and friars exploring and colonizing the area the Friars believed they had to convert indigenous peoples to Catholicism to quote save their souls end quote Spain regarded the missions as an important first step in colonizing some have suggested that forcing the natives onto the missions and then forcing them to work in agriculture and European trades was a way of building a peasant class of laborers additionally they worked to assimilate indigenous peoples to European customs and ideas believing their lifestyle was the superior one during the time of Spanish colonization in the region they built 21 Franciscan missions and the last of them is the one we’re investigating now which was established in 1823 the mission san francisco solano was actually founded illegitimate ly through improper channels by a man named padre jose Altamira who was known for his systematically cruel methods when it came to converting native peoples the mission san francisco solano reportedly baptized thirteen hundred natives over the span of twelve years but just two years after its founding Altamira was forced out of the by a rebellion of the native peoples due to his terrible mistreatment of them so this guy is laughably bad it sucks and we may run into him I hope so I’ll make fun of him good I may join you for once because he was kind of an asshole and to make the long violent and tragic history of the Franciscan mission system very short the Spanish colonizers forced indigenous peoples into what some have described as a form of slavery with diseases and mistreatment leading to the deaths of thousands while systematically attempting to annihilate their cultures the death toll and Mission Solano is said to be nearly 900 lives now that record remember that it was 1300 that they baptized it’s a bad mission it’s a bad mission and unfortunately and most of the buildings we go to our bad places according to Patricia Cullinan president of the Sonoma Valley Historical Society it’s inferred that the bodies of those who perished were said to have been buried adjacent to the mission church and quote since there were two churches at different times it has been assumed that there were two cemeteries and quote one local history buff a dentist named dr. Peter Meyerhoff has cited historical maps of the mission that would place a graveyard under Sonoma Plaza which is several hundred yards from the mission okay I’m not laughing about mass graves what I’m laughing about is being at the dentist and have her here dentist with his tools in your mouth saying you know there’s a mass grave around here don’t you would you like to see my Maps creep your dad’s a dentist he is a dentist he doesn’t have maps of missions and cross-referencing them probably like putting lights under them like Nicky’s bill in cavity he’s just feeling cavity drilling you’re going to drill town maybe cutting a head off here and there that’s the worst he’s done though so as I said to you when this was a mission there was an unfortunate amount of deaths here no and I didn’t they didn’t really bury them I would say properly they buried them in unidentified mass graves so you could just see names here and we’re standing over where the grave may have been it was said to be next to the church back in the day and chapels right here so it’s a lot of names is a lot of names pretty sad you know but if as you say Paranormal Activity does follow tragedy even just standing here I feel very uncomfortable yeah that’s plenty that’s plenty one particularly active area of the mission is a part of the building that staff members call the priests quarters not because priests actually stayed here but because the apparition of a priest is frequently seen walking around who this priest is nobody knows but some believe it may be the spirit of the diabolical father Altamira anybody in here Padre Padre Altamira we don’t be a star we come in peace [Music] they almost shame me I’m a Ryan how do you say we’re the cool brothers like a hermanos Fantasma something like that hello Manos fantasmas is that it I don’t mean that that mean we may have just made that up I’m gonna look this up because yeah you better I guess cuz it’s important this is I know hola what but did you say something no you’re gonna stay it’s stupid but just they spoke in English though that’s why I’m weirded out by it shiver went up my spine hola amigo I’d never thought it’d be speaking Spanish in this state of mind okay we have a Laser grid here maybe we could heat that up he said – he said that he walks around or it’s not he doesn’t say that but people say you see him walking around I’m walking around I do walk around so bring your laser grid let’s hit him with everything we got all right Leon Orion hey I’m okay what is this you mean hombre okay okay repite Boston hombre okay all right let’s get to the courtyard all right relieving nice to meet ya in 1834 the mission was secularized and power was ceded to a Mexican general named Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo he built two homes in Sonoma one of which was built on mission property and is referred to as Casa Grande a very very creative name there that means a big house big house big house I’m the big general here’s my big house look at me I have a big yard big house big house big drink also near the mission are the two-story adobe barracks facing the central plaza that were built to house general Vallejos Mexican army troops all right so these are the barracks this is where Vallejo kept his soldiers but prior to the barracks I’m actually not quite sure what function this ground served in the mission I was probably just nothing I just take a look at it though it’s crazy it’s quite gorgeous a lot of space yeah who knows what we’re gonna run into in here or who huh all right into the barracks we go so this is the room where the barracks are actually still set up oh wow yeah that’s just a oh yeah I got me too hey this man looks so dapper this is what it would look like back in the day four of Leo and his troops shall we yeah let’s do it hola amigos that scared the shit huh all right well we’re still recovering yeah that was a la I think I’m gonna poop my pants a little bit yeah I think security turned off the alarm only one way to find out so let’s just do a little step of faith or leave with me hey you did it good good good I thought that was a banshee yeah I said hola amigos and immediately just sit here at the table all right I’m gonna turn on the spirit box now if some weird people came into my house and started speaking a foreign language I would say things back to them yeah true all right Ryan they almost same [Laughter] they stop how do you say nice beds bueno come on come on split us well you know thick walls I think what better luck out in the courtyard or something also you know it’s nighttime maybe they’re asleep for a brief period the barracks were the headquarters for the rebellious bear flag party a group of us horsemen that called themselves Osos who captured slash kidnapped general Vallejo from his home they declared an independent Republic of California for 25 days as the u.s. pioneers in California could not own land legally or run for office by law with Mexican government the Bear Flag Revolt was the origin of California’s first state flag which was made by William Todd and a copy of the flag is on display in the barracks today this is the flag room oh it’s quite quiet in here actually yeah but back here you could actually see the original bear flag for California oh very nice well my name is Ryan I’m Shane and we’re reaching out to whoever resides in these quarters whether that’s faceless soldiers or general Vallejo himself the big man if you would like to speak to us maybe you could make a noise you could say something you could touch something you can touch ice you probably just get a bunch of nerdy school kids coming through here getting excited to eat their PB&J sandwiches yeah yeah yeah we’re a couple of cool dudes so we’re gonna give the floor to you right now we’re gonna be silent and this is your cue to a show us your moves I don’t know all right here we go going silent now good cricket noises though it almost sounds fake you hear those crickets kinda yeah imagine back in the day when they were in here just hearing the coy oats out there why are you saying quiets I’m saying can you imagine them and just get them out there in the well I’m just I’m that’s fine I was just kind of baffled at your pronunciation of coyotes coyotes yeah which one is it coyotes are Koya yeah settle a bet you don’t got a nitpick the greatest EVP ever caught another active area is the mission courtyard where bizarrely the apparition of a bear is often seen which if you know me in my debilitating fear of bears this is my worst nightmare ghost bear yeah ghost bear so that’s two two of your least favorite things that’s double trouble for me that would be like a avocado pit made of heroin for me I guess so yeah ghost bear that’s got to be pretty easy to spot well I have my thermal cam so hopefully hello well I’m talking to a bear so yeah sort of like just a should have covered ourself and ghost piss yeah there’s noise attract a bear actually it keeps them away what if you made the noise of like a what does a bear eat berries salmon you can’t or like it like a deer sort of a deer no I don’t know what the hell that’s and like your make weird noises you think you know what the beer sounds like and then you hear one and it goes like which frigid out here yeah really I’m not picking up anything on thermal yeah you can’t even say come here boy to a bear no you can’t can you imagine if you could know is I would never want to see a bear is this like a well is this just a big fire pit let’s just take a moment to appreciate the ambience right now yeah I guess it’s pretty good ambu know what’s you know what’s really interesting to me is on a night like this there’s not a lot of you don’t hear a lot of modern sounds out right now maybe some cars in the distance but you can put yourself in the minds of people hundreds of years ago and think they were hearing almost exactly what you hear right now that is true you listen to that just be silent for 20 seconds and imagine you’re a hundred years ago maybe look up into the Stars yeah [Music] well now that we’ve shared that tender moment should we go inside and try and find a demon let’s do that the final place we’ll investigate is the chapel this is where this historical story bears into lore in a town with a history of demonic possession is this chapel a known hotbed of tragedy and misery the home of a demon or is it perhaps the malevolent spirit of Padre Altamira one thing is for sure if there’s a demonic entity that is reckless enough to reside in a house of God it is not one to be trifled with and yet here we are so it’s in here I just give me a second what are you know what do you order here what are you gonna do revving my self up man what are you gonna well I’ll tell you it looks creepy from here yeah no shit so we had our static cam set up here hello this is large so what we’re gonna do in here is we’re gonna take our mag light and use it to communicate with I don’t even want to say it whatever is in here the demon sure we have two flashlights here one that’s white and one that’s black okay I don’t think you understand what we’re meddling with right here yeah I do turn off the black one and turn on the white one exert all your power you’ve been dormant for too long what is that so like footsteps demon I command you to turn off the light looks like he’s having fun with us yeah I’m having so much fun do I look like I’m having fun no I’m having fun I really don’t I would like very much to leave if you want us to leave turn off the black flashlight and turn on the white one right now nada what’s gonna need to happen for you to be convinced there’s something in here for me I would need to see those turn-off exactly when we say them turn off in the order that we say okay we’ll give it a shot turn the black one on in five four three two one that sucks I guess there’s no demon inside here yeah that’s good that’s well done turned on that’s great all right maybe he’s a little late to the turn the white one on in five four three two one chill chill all right this is good this is this is good for my mind because we’re about to investigate this place individually and if that death stuff starts happening I don’t think I could do this so maybe there’s just a delay it could be like Skype into the shadow just give me a holler you know what are we doing ten minutes yeah hello demon it’s me Shaima day has arrived and I’m here to teach you a lesson oh except I’m really not cuz I I don’t think there’s anyone here your whole team your pal down by the little bridge in Texas your bro over at the Sallie house you guys don’t got a good record you can’t stand up to a lanky old doofus like me I’m looking at your little lights your demon lights why don’t you turn them off for me oh can you do it no no you can’t oh is that hard for you I’m trying the best I can I’m just a little demon unbelievable I’m gonna be quiet now this is the part where I invite you to do your very best to kill me that’s what I’m asking of you give it a go here we go nothing hmm fine come on what are you doing here stop wasting my time demon have at me kill me hurt me your little stomping grounds here I’ll tell you what I don’t give demon you hear me shot in the dark is there a ghost bear here any kind of ghost bear well how was it it was it was very challenging this demon is unlike any demon we’ve faced before so tread lightly I don’t even know why I asked you these kind just I’m just there’s nothing in there okay it’s an empty room yeah you’ll be fine alrighty you’ve been waiting for this moment I feel like you wanted me Here I am and already I’m not even in the chapel yet and I immediately regret this decision come on Ryan you can do this what’s in here my name is Ryan and I’m in a house of God why are you in here why do you remain if those motion lights turn on I’m gonna lose my damn mind all right we got our flashlights here this is such a what a fun thing we’ve done here I’m standing on an altar alone in a in a demon infested Church oh and it suddenly got really cold that’s fun if there is something in here turn off those lights can you estas muerto [Music] Jesus Christ come on man where are you just got the chills where are you you don’t belong here estoy aqui kameena I see of me kameena meet up let’s do a key I’m not afraid I’m not afraid God kidding me I’m not afraid I’m in a house of God I’m in a house of God I don’t even want to look behind me because I feel like something’s behind me that’s time getting pretty getting pretty good with this demon stuff the two of us sure we should start doing like unless it’s latched itself onto us and riding us like a little boat back to LA and you wouldn’t even know maybe you’ll wake up in the middle of the night and you’ll eat your cat I don’t know I feel like we’re given father Tommy a run for his money I don’t think you should say that yeah tripods over there you know any last things you got to say to this thing see you later buddy you got nothing you got nothing on the ghoul boys adios demon you blew it you add your chance to bag you a Bergmeister and you blew it take that all right that’s plenty see you later this isn’t sufferable is it is it yes you’re never gonna see this again goodbye I am so glad that’s over let’s go ate Taco Bell after spending the night roaming the corridors of this tragic San Francisco mission I can certainly see why it’s believed to be haunted I can only hope that if there is indeed a demonic presence within the Chan that will not follow us home but for now whether or not mission San Francisco Solano is definitively haunted we remain one of these days I’d love my eyes to turn black I would like that day to never come I’m telling you right now it’s my eyes turned black murder me I’m telling you right now I will not kill you why because I need to save you know you’ll come back and then this is there’s two reasons for it one you’re my friend and I need to save you too kind of you yes – I need you to eat crow when it comes to demons being real because then after I save you from being possessed you’ll be like what happened did I eat too many hot dogs or something and pass out and I’d be like no a demon went inside your body and danced you around like a little puppet man are you gonna wheel me out like Hannibal Lecter with like a like a straight straight jacket in a Muslim see Sarah he’s fine look at him he’s Shane for a second say some Shane things here he goes sit okay yeah he’s fine you know he’s just a little tired for the flight [Music] you