The Old Steamer Trunk – Virginia Paranormal Case Files

The Old Steamer Trunk – Virginia Paranormal Case Files

August 9, 2019 32 By William Hollis


There are strange things out there that
seem to have no explanation. Sometimes they are conjured up by the darkest
corners of our subconscious, but on occasion they dwell beyond the confines
of our imagination. They may come from another realm, or out of the sky, or from
beyond the grave. Once they set foot into our world,
the line between dreams and reality becomes unclear. It’s our job to
investigate these reports and compile the Virginia Paranormal Case Files. It is often believed that certain
objects can have a spiritual attachment. There have been several cases involving
someone who purchased an item at an antique store or flea market, and when
they brought the item into their homes, strange activity began to occur. On
September 22nd 2018, we received a call from a man in Yorktown who began
experiencing unexplained events. Shortly after purchasing an old steamer
trunk at a yard sale, his dog would bark at thin air and the cat would hiss for
no apparent reason. One night, his wife woke to an old man standing in her
bedroom. The man sounded like he was mumbling and
became very frustrated when she couldn’t understand what he was saying. The client
didn’t believe the entity to be malevolent, but was unsure why the spirit
was there. We decided to take the case and venture over to Yorktown. Yorktown is
a very historic area known for the surrender of Lord Cornwallis to General
Washington in 1781. It’s also known as being one of the most haunted areas in
Virginia. Not only the Colonial Village, but the entire area has generated
several claims of paranormal activity. When we arrived at the clients home, he
told us that his son witnessed some unexplained events as well. Jeff: Over here, if
you look over at these doors on the closet… One night, while he was trying to sleep, these
doors kept opening by themselves. So we’re gonna start here with our EVP
session, but what we want to do before that is see if there’s any way possible
that these doors will open on their own. I haven’t touched them yet. We came
through and took a bunch of pictures, nothing on the EMF sweep. David: No, not all over
the whole house. Linda: There’s no way those things will open and close by themselves.
Jeff: No, as you can see they’re even… they don’t even move smoothly on the
track. There’s… David: Yeah that’s definitely not something
that like a draft could do. They could, you can hear my hand swipe on
it, they could open that far. But these both opened while he was trying to sleep
not just once. Linda: Right. They closed and opened again.
Now once they’re open, it’s gonna take a force to push him back, and even then
they’re not gonna go all the way unless they’re only right about there. Linda: Right.
Jeff: Even then… See this one? You can hear that on the track so
it’s not… it’s not something that’s just gonna open on its own.
My first thought, if these did open, I would look at this vent and say, you know,
perhaps that vent blew enough airflow down here to open them, but that’s not
gonna happen. This lip is preventing the air from coming down here, and also, like
I said, you got to have a pretty forceful… To get it past there. It can go that far,
but you got to get it past… Linda: Right. David: Was it the
same night that he said that like something was touching… Was it like
touching his arm or something? Linda: Yeah. That was the same night. Jeff: There was also a
report. Do you remember that? David: Yeah it hugged him or something right? Yeah. Something like
tried to… like he felt something like wrapping around him while he was like
laying down or something? Jeff: In the bed, yeah. And he described it as a hug, an arm coming
around him. So we’re gonna start right here. Narrator: After determining that there was a
low probability of the closet doors opening due to environmental factors, we
decided to set up for an EVP session. EVP stands for electronic voice phenomena.
The theory was popularized by Raudive, in the 1970s, who believed he captured
several recordings of disembodied voices. Jeff: We have the thermometer set up over here
on the desk because one of the things that seems to be a report around here is
cold spots. Linda: Absolutely. Yeah. There seem to be cold spots throughout
the house and when they walk through them, they can feel the hair on
their arms sort of standing on end. So typical cold spot activity.
And then we’re also standing here in the room where we have the doors opening
and shutting. So we thought maybe we’ll start with a EVP session… an EVP
session, and see where it goes. Jeff: All right. Now I’m Jeff… Linda… I’m David. And if it’s
all right with you, we’d like to talk to you, if you’re here. We’re not sure who
you are. We don’t really know much about you, but we’d like to find out if you’d
be willing to tell us. Could you please tell us your name? Linda: I understand that when you were first
seen and downstairs, you were trying to tell the woman of the house something.
Can you tell us what you were trying to tell her? David: Is there multiple spirits like the one
that was downstairs, that Linda was talking about, or is there like… is there
multiple things attached to the chest? Or is there just one? Jeff: We heard that someone
opened these doors and closed them, and then opened them again,
while the resident was in here attempting to sleep, and we’d like to know if that
was you trying to send a message or trying to communicate. If it’s possible,
would you please open those doors for us now? The boy who sleeps in here, he said that
someone perhaps climbed in the bed or put their arm around him while he was
sleeping. Is it possible for you to sit on the bed for us now? We have a little
device there, that if you go near that, it may let us know that you’re here. Linda: We are
from the local area. I was just kind of curious to know if you were born and
raised in this area, or if you moved here from somewhere else. David: Why did you even hug the kid that sleeps
in here? That seems a little strange. Were you trying to tell him something
specifically? Probably should have worded that differently. Do you have a
message that you want to convey? Narrator: Before leaving the son’s bedroom, we decided to
experiment with Linda’s spirit box app to see if we could get any relevant
responses. Linda: Was that your trunk? If that wasn’t your trunk, if that’s not
your trunk, what brought you here? Why are you here? Narrator: After picking up no discernible
responses from the spirit box, we decided to head over to the daughter’s room
where we had some interesting results with our natural gas detector during our
baseline sweep. Jeff: I’m not sure to what degree it may be paranormal or may not be.
This is a natural gas detector, and on the back of it there’s a little metal
pin that sticks out, and the purpose of that is you stick your finger to that
and you touch something metal, and it lights up red if you’re statically
charged. Linda: Hmm. Jeff: Now I didn’t have anything happen with this throughout the house
until I got up here. And in this room, and on this level, when I touch that, the
light goes off. And when I go up here it goes red, which would indicate that I
would be touching something metal and I would be statically charged. Because
if you’re charged with static electricity you’re not supposed to be
detecting for natural gas. Linda: Right. Jeff: Which, according to this… Linda: Now it’s not doing
it. Huh. Jeff: Now it’s not doing it. So, from the time I
called you to come up with the camera until just now, I was statically charged
in this room. Linda: What would cause you to suddenly not be statically charged? Jeff: What would cause me to be statically charged? Linda: That’s weird… Upstairs in the daughter’s
bedroom. Set this in the middle of the floor here. Again we’re just trying to communicate
with you to find out who you are and what you want. My name is Linda… I’m Jeff…
I’m David. Jeff: And we don’t mean to impose by any means, like we said earlier. We just
want to find out what’s going on around the house. If you’re here, is there
something that you’re looking for? Is there anything we could do for you? Could
you tell us if there’s something you want? Linda: So can you try speaking into that little
black box on the floor and tell us your name? David: Were you the one that… um… that led
the dog into the bathroom? It was like staring into the bathtub or something.
Was that you? Why did yo do that? That’s kind of strange.
Do you like messing with that dog? Jeff: Why were you in the bathtub? David: Why hasn’t the girl had any experiences?
As compared to her brother and the other people in the house. Do you just don’t
like bothering her? Or maybe you’re not interested in bothering her. But why
does she seem not to have any experiences and everyone else has way
more? [thump] Linda: I heard something. Was that downstairs? It sounded to me like it was on this wall over here. David: That’s what it sounded like to me. Like it was on this area. Narrator: After hearing the sound of a
knock, we decided to confirm that the client had not come upstairs at any
point during the investigation. David: If that was you could you try to make something else fall, or make another noise, just so
we know that you that we’re communicating with something? It was either in the wall or I heard it like over here. Jeff: There was no noise downstairs. They’re all sitting on the couch. Linda: Yeah. Jeff: And to me it
sounded kind of like… maybe like a coffee mug being set down on a wooden
table or something like that. Linda: It sounded to me like something hit this wall in
the son’s bedroom. Now the funny thing is, is that that’s the closet. Jeff: Yeah. Linda: On the other side of that futon. So either something moved in
that closet… Jeff: What if the closet doors opened? Linda: I guess that’s worth a check… [thump] Narrator: We decided
to look in the son’s room to see if the closet doors had been opened or if
anything had moved. Everything appeared to be in order. Our next goal was to try
to determine where the sound came from. Jeff: What I’m gonna do I think is I’m going to go into that
room and I’ll tap on the wall and see if the sound sounded like it was coming
from in the closet, because there’s also space of wall next to the closet that’s
closer to this side of the room. So see exactly where that came from. Okay? So you
just listen and see if it sounds like anything, any noise I make. Linda: That was… see
that’s about where it sounded like to me. Where it sounded like it came from. David: You heard that right? Linda: Yeah that was him. Him thumping on the wall to test it.
David: That sounded weird. Linda: It did. David: That’s why I asked. Jeff: Is that what it sounded like? Linda: Well, it sounded like that’s where it came from.
because it said it sounded like it came It sounded like it came from this back corner against that
section of wall. Jeff: That’s right next to the closet. Linda: That’s what I was thinking. But to him, to
David, it sounded like it was coming from the other side of this futon thing here
which would have been in the closet. So we’re not exactly sure. Jeff: It didn’t sound like
that one? Like that one there? David: It sounded weird like that time. Like it sounded different
when you did it. Linda: It was more like you were obviously thumping on the wall with
your hand. This… the last time it almost sounded like like chords from
something electrical being moved around and sliding against the wall or
something. Jeff: Really? Cause where i was sitting, it sounded like I could see where you heard it
coming from there, to me it almost sounded like it came from down the
hallway. Linda: So you might have heard it… Jeff: But that could make sense. Because if I
am here, depending on where the noise is out here, you wouldn’t hear it cause you’re
right near that wall, if it came from in that room. Linda: Yeah. Jeff: I may have just heard the
noise coming down the hallway. But to me it almost sounded like someone set down
a coffee mug on like a wooden table. Linda: Yeah. Jeff: Kind of really hard like. Linda: Yeah. Jeff: So we have
the recorder going. Linda: We do. Jeff: And the video was going. Linda: Yeah. Jeff: So we’ll have to definitely
look at this moment in the evidence review and see if you can
highlight that noise. Because it definitely happened without a doubt. An interesting
thing in the kitchen, when the client was in here, he came in and opened the
refrigerator door and of course the light came on when you open it, and went
about his business putting out the sandwiches on the table. Came back, opened
the door again and no light came on. So he pushed the button to see if the light
would come on, see if the buttons stuck. Didn’t come on, reached his finger in
there, his hand in there, and actually felt with his finger that the socket was
exposed. There was no light in there. The light was gone from the refrigerator. It
didn’t fall out, it wasn’t broken, it was nowhere to be found. So between the time
he set the sandwich on the table and came back over here to the refrigerator,
the light bulb was removed from the refrigerator and gone. Never found again.
But he actually had to go downstairs and get another one and come up and put it
in. Linda: Yeah. And it even shocked him right? When he put his finger in there. Hmm… So
we’re standing in the kitchen. We’re gonna try an EVP session. And I’m gonna
set it right there in the corner. Jeff: Let’s also set the EMF detector out since it
has involved something electric somewhat, just to see if anything happens with
that. Can you tell us where the light bulb
from the refrigerator went? Who took it out? Well sorry. That was kind of like two
questions. Can you tell us where the light bulb went? Where is it? Linda: When a spirit takes something from a
home, where does it go? Jeff: That kind of sounds like a “what if” David.
David: Oh that definitely does. We might have to come up with one for that. Jeff: That would be a good one to use.
David: Why did you take the light bulb? Where you’re trying to just let them
know that you know you’re here? Or were you intentionally trying to be
mischievous and mess with them? Linda: We’ve heard that you’ve touched some of the
members of the family before. Can you touch one of us? Jeff: Not me. David: Yeah not me
either. Linda: Okay. Whats the matter? David: Keeps, something keeps touching my
foot down there like right here. Linda: It’s not air coming out from the bottom? David: No… No. It feels like something
is literally like crawling on my foot there. And there’s nothing there. There
was literally nothing on my leg there. That’s why I looked at it for a second.
I was like is there a bug or something? Jeff: It didn’t feel like spider webs did it?
David: No and I still feel it for some reason. It’s like something like moving on my leg.
We’ve got to make sure we note that. Linda: Yeah. If that’s… If that thing’s messing with me, it needs to stop touching my leg. Jeff: Did ask… We did ask
for someone to be touched. David: Yeah and it did it before, but I just
thought it was like my skin crawling. But it keeps doing it. Linda: Yeah, I think you’re
freaking David out a little bit. David: Yeah. That’s not… Making me a little bit uncomfortable. Linda: It’s still doing it? David: Yeah. I don’t know what that is. Linda: And you
sure it’s not air coming out from under the refrigerator? David: I swear it’s not. Linda: Like tickling your hair? Jeff: 12:56, so when we note that in the report
we’ll know that it happened at 12:56. Linda: Right. 12:56. David: And there’s like no air coming down from
here, except for like right here. But it’s like not even… Jeff: Do you feel it when you’re
not standing in front of the refrigerator though? David: When I moved I didn’t
feel it, but I don’t feel it now and that’s exactly like where it was. It was
like right here. I don’t feel it now. Maybe if you’re touching me, might as
well just go ahead and hug me. Jeff: Yeah, would you give David a hug please? David: That’s fine
with me. I don’t care. Just don’t become attached. Narrator: No EVPs were picked up in the
kitchen. In spite of the sensation of having his leg touched David never did
get a hug. We decided to move into the bedroom where the client kept the
steamer trunk. Everything was quiet in the house before this steamer trunk was
brought in. That led us to believe that this could be the source of the activity.
Jeff: We came into the master bedroom. And this is probably our last point of interest in
the house, but it’s very significant because right here is a steamer trunk
that’s very old, that the client picked up from a house down the street, one of
their yard sales, and the key thing here is that the activity started almost
immediately after they brought this trunk into the house. So it is quite
possible, if you put that together, that there is something attached to this
trunk. We’re gonna break down here and do an EVP session. Put the EMF detector down and see
if we can get any activity. I’m Jeff. I’m Linda. I’m David. Jeff: And we just came down
from upstairs we were in the kitchen for a little bit. And if it’s all right with
you, we’d really like you to introduce yourself. Could you please tell us your
name? David: That’s a fly that time. Yeah that’s… That was
freaking me out. There’s a strange question, but are you
actually even dead? Based on the old owner of the house? Jeff: Could you tell us who
this trunk belongs to? Linda: Can you tell us where you got it from? Perhaps it was
passed down in your family? David: What was this trunk used for? Or what did
you use it for? Jeff: Are you okay with this trunk being here in this house? Is that
alright with you that it’s here? Linda: Are you trying to make your way back to this
house? It seemed you lived here for many years is this where you want to be? David: Is
the only reason why you’re manifesting… You’re only manifesting to ensure that
the owners are… The owners of the… the chest are taking care of it?
Like not disrespecting it? Maybe it meant a lot to you? Jeff: There was also an interesting event that
happened here in this room, right after they bought the steamer trunk. The spirit
of an old man manifested and came to the woman, the female resident, and said
something that wasn’t really coherent. She couldn’t understand what he said, so
she told him, “I don’t understand what you’re saying”.
And at this point, he kind of lunged towards her like he was getting
frustrated, like trying to get his point across. And then he was gone. But she
couldn’t understand what he said and he wasn’t speaking clearly.
So another interesting thing, obviously this was a spirit that was trying to
communicate. And we want to see if we can find out what he was trying to say, what
he was trying to communicate. Linda: So if anyone’s curious this is the Appy Droid spirit box. We’ve been testing it out once or twice
on investigations. Can you try telling us your name? I know
you said something up there once before. David: Yeah something deep on that one. Linda: Yeah that was deep.
It almost sounded like something like, “the license” or something. What year did you buy this trunk in? Or
when did you acquire it? Narrator: After running the spirit box for some
time in the master bedroom, we decided to wrap up the investigation. We didn’t pick
up any definitive EVPs. We looked into a name that came across the spirit box, but
were unable to determine any relation to that area. Linda had a theory that
perhaps a former resident who was still alive but in poor health was somehow
projecting himself back to that house because he was so fond of his former
home. There were some interesting occurrences during the course of the
investigation, such as the static surge, the unexplained knock, and David’s
sensation of being touched. Not to mention the first-hand accounts of the
residents. After reviewing the pictures and recordings, our findings were
inconclusive. There are many cases involving the unexplained that are hard
to close. It does appear that in this case, whatever is there may have come in
with the trunk.