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Case Studies - Historical House - Marcus Hook, PA - June 16, 2006
We were once again privileged to investigate the Plank House in Marcus Hook, PA. The house has a rich history, which you can read more about by viewing our first two investigations. You can check out our first and second investigations by clicking on the respective links.
This is a picture of the Plank House as it looked c. 1910. The picture is on loan from the Keith Lockhart collection and may not be reproduced without his express written permission. The left side of the house has succumbed to fire over the years and was never rebuilt. Where that portion of the house stood in 1910 is where an ongoing archeological dig is being conducted. Their finds are intriguing, to say the least. If you would like to see some of relics they have unearthed, you can visit the Plank House's website at www.bbplankhouse.com where the dig is well documented - some of the pictures of what they have unearthed are really cool!
Because we had such a nice night for ghost hunting, we decided to incorporate a nearby cemetery in our investigation. It is situated just a block away from the Plank House on the grounds of a church. It was heart-breaking to walk among the headstones of those interred here. Some of the graves are quite old and in dire need of restoration. As a group, we have never seen a cemetery so neglected and forgotten. It's so sad. From what we understand, the church only rents the building and it is the Borough of Marcus Hook that is responsible for the cemetery's upkeep.
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As we did on our last trip to this house, we encountered children in the attic, although these seem a bit younger than the last ones. In these two clips recorded by Investigator Halpin, you will first hear a small girl's voice say, "Hello." After several seconds and no response from the investigators, another small voice, sounding very sad with the disappointment of an unfulfilled wish, says, "Why can't they hear us?" Hello Can't hear
This female was captured in the living room of the house by Investigator Halpin. She simply states, "I bumped my head." No investigator had bumped their head on this night. Listen
This was a bit of a noisy clip recorded by Investigator Halpin, but we believe this female is saying, "Irene work for free." This may fit into the rumor that the house was once used as a brothel. Listen
At one point in the evening, Investigator Thornton, who was in the attic, had knocked over a plank of wood and there was a big "bang" through the house. Just before she called out to everyone that it was she that made the noise, Investigator Halpin captured this young female declaring, "That was Sam." It should be noted that there was no one named Sam present during the investigation. The recording is quick and clipped short because the spirit talked almost on Investigator Thornton's first word, which is cut out of the clip. Listen
Investigator Halpin recorded this strange declaration from a female spirit! She almost sings, "But that's not my side for cleaning up rum." Now given the purported history of the house, one's imagination could think up many reasons a woman may have stated this fact! No matter, though, because just seconds later, a second female commands, "Get down in there," as if to tell her to get to work! Not my side Get down in there
Investigator Thornton asked aloud if for any spirits present to fly in front of her video camera. As if to oblige, this clip shows an orb flying quickly towards the camera and a moment later flies away. Watch
another of Investigator Thornton's videos, watch as orbs fly out of the
kitchen, across the living, and every which way! It's a virtual