Investigation # 1 - Battleground Racetrack (1880's),
(Manalapan, NJ) - July 9, 2017
So as many of my friends
and paranormal supporters know, Monmouth Battleground is my favorite
place to go. So much happened over that large parcel of land
since the late 1600's, early 1700's through today. I'm
still whittling down the number of places on the land that I want to
investigate, but recently came across something I had no idea about
all these years.
Once in a while I pull up the Google Maps of Monmouth Battleground to see if
the satellite view reveals anything new that might be hiding in the woods of
the park area. There are hiking paths all over the park that you
can make out from the satellite view, a bunch near the main entrance /
parking lot that I have basically ignored over the years. I have not
seen any literature or talk about any fighting going on in those areas
during the Battle of Monmouth, so those hiking trails had a 1 priority
on a scale of 1-10.
Then a couple of months ago I am looking
at the latest satellite view and this gem pops up that was never there
On the right hand side is the main road
leading to and from Route 33 to the main visitor center.
You can easily see the hiking trails going to the left. The oval
that is marked "Battleground Race Track 1880's" was always clearly seen as
an oval of dirt. Except Google Maps had never shown those words
before! So now what looked like a simple hiking path turns out
to be the site of a horse racing track in the late 1800's.
I could not find any online history about
the park and am still trying to track down any information on the horse
racing that went on there. It's existence would have been brief
as at some point, betting on horse racing was outlawed in New Jersey
and many horse tracks closed up. Even if not for that,
Freehold Raceway track was only a few miles away and was well established
before Battleground Race Track came into being, if the 1880's posting
by Google Maps is accurate.
So I decided that on my next trip here,
I would go look for the racing oval and see if there were any spirits
lingering over there. Maybe there were some accidental deaths
from racing, or maybe people who took care of the horses still
lingered on here after their passing. It seemed like a long shot to
maybe capture any evidence, but you never know unless you try!
So on July 9th, I was invited out
to the Park by Sandy Foley of Twilight Passages Paranormal.
She is also a fashion designer and puts out a regular magazine "Fashion
Haunts Magazine". Sandy was doing a photo shoot and asked me
if I wanted to tag along, shoot some live video with her and her
models and talk paranormal while we were there. Great photo shoot,
was interesting to watch how it was done.
After about 2 hours, the shoot was
done and everybody was heading out. I, on the other hand,
decided in advance to bring some equipment and see if I could go on a short
hike to find this long lost race track. I went light on the
equipment for this trip, just an audio recorder, the P-SB7
spirit box, a digital camera and my full spectrum camera. No
sense in lugging equipment along when I really did not expect to gather any
potential evidence on this trip.
On the hike over to look for the track,
you walked through shaded woods with more paths that lead into them.
As one looked out onto the field in the direction of where the track once
stood, you can see there is no platforms or structures that still
stand. I'm sure there were some back in the day, but likely to
remain standing after 100+ years.
Then after about 10 minutes of hiking,
I finally came across the oval track. Looks like an old path
that horse and buggy might had ridden back in the day. Or jeeps from
today. Most of the track looked like this, but as you
followed it, you can clearly make out how it was the oval that I was
It had its turns and straight-aways that
the horses would have ridden on back in the day. As I walked the
track I did run my audio recorder and was astounded to catch three EVPs.
As I was the only hiker in this area, its clear to me these were not
the voices of another human being in range.
(Note: as always head phones and quiet
area best used to hear the EVPs - first part actual audio, EVP
replayed twice at end with amplification.)
EVP #1 -
This one is very faint am walking around the area I am guessing might have
where a grandstand or benches might have been located for the folks coming
to watch the races. At the 3 second mark you can hear a slight
inflection of sound. On the amplified replay, you can hear
a male voice sound like it is asking "wheres.....?" but I cannot make out
the 2nd word.
The 2nd one was even fainter than the
first, so not uploading.
The 3rd one was very good, I would
label it Class A for sure!
(Picture taken with full
spectrum camera at the southern end of the track)
EVP #2 - This EVP
was taken as I was walking along the southern end of the track. As you
look at the Google Map photo I show above, that would be the bottom of
the track. Since it was in the shade and cooler in this area,
I decided I would do a Spirit box session in this area. But as I
was walking into the area, I catch this male voice clearly saying
Next to "Help", being
asked or told to "sit" seems to be one of the more popular EVPs to catch.
Is this because the spirit doesn't want to walk around following us and
wants us to sit to talk to us? Also funny that just a few moments
later I came to stop to do a spirit box session in the area.
Of course the P-SB7 Spirit box never
SB #1 - I am explaining that the spirit box will not harm
them, only for communication. When I ask if they understand
this, a male voice replies - "Sure".
SB #2 -
Here a voice calls out the name "Tim". At the time it sounded like the
voice had an accent so I asked if he was a British regular (soldier).
No answer, but right after I asked this the hair on the back of neck
went up and got a chill on my arms.
#3 - About a minute later, just letting the box go to see
what I might catch, somebody says to me "F.U." I didn't
hear it at the time as you hear me ask about the racetrack.
"F.U" replayed twice at the end.
BRT SB #4 - After some more chatter, I am explaining
why I use the spirit box to communicate. Then a female voice
(over the span of 9 radio frequencies) says,
"They.....meant....you...". Some chatter afterward I cannot make
out and I have no idea what is being communicated. Just pointing
out that with the spirit box on a 250 millisecond sweep that covers 4 radio
frequencies a second, should not be catching the same female voice in
a full sentence over 2+ seconds if this was radio bleed from 1 radio
SB #5 -
After 5 1/2 minutes, I am trying to explain to them that they have
changed, they are now in spirit form. After I say this at the 6 second
mark, a female voice replies "Okay". I hear this and continue.
I then explain that their soul / spirit continue as their body is gone.
A few seconds after I ask if they understand this, a male voice comes
through and says "Yes". Key point to notice in this 23
second video is did you notice all the static white noise coming through and
barely a hint of background voices from the radio station snippets?
Notice how these were both possible intelligent responses to my questions
after I have asked? This doesn't happen too often, amazing
when you do catch it!
SB #6 - This little snippet catches a female voice saying
"Rhea". Rhea is my guardian angel and always with me when I
investigate. Though this pronunciation is different than what I
use. This voice pronounced it "Ree-a", I understand it to
be pronounced "Ray-a". I generally ask now if the spirits can
sense her with me and if they can identify her without me providing a name.
They did this time without me even asking!
BRT SB #7 - Now closing in on 9 minutes into the session was
a statement that just blew me away. A male voice comes through
and sounds like it is saying "Take me to light". You hear how shocked
I am to hear this. I have slowed down the audio, the "to
light" portion is said very fast together. I have heard spirits
call for light in the past, but never being asked to take one to the
SB #8 - As I am trying to explain what the spirit needs to
do to find the light, a bunch of voices are talking over me,
can't make out what is being said. In this clip I am asking them to be
quiet and listen. Female voice calls out my name at the end.
BRT SB #9 - Thirty seconds later I am telling the spirits
that in order to help find the light, they need to push out all the negative
emotions they are still holding on to. Female voice again calls
out my name after I finish speaking.
BRT SB #10 - Three minutes later after explaining about
pushing out negative emotions, filling themselves up with love, joy
and happiness, I get some scattered chatter that is hard to make out.
Then this came through that I did not hear at the time, but it is a
female voice saying "Thanks...to....Chuck". Did some
spirits cross or where they happy that I explained to them what they had to
do to cross into the light? Replayed 2 times, no change to audio
other than to clip the ends of white noise off.
SB #11 - Continuing I am telling them to fill up with love
and go to the light. Then this amazing reply happens. A
male voice says...."Ok.........I'm in."! His words
replayed twice at the end.
Which leads to the question that if a
spirit has gone into the light, how are they still communicating through the
spirit box? For which I answer, I have no idea. Perhaps
the portal to the light is only feet away from me. The spirit walks
through, like going through a doorway, turns and speaks since he is still in
range. I don't know, I wish I had the answers.
The skeptic will say coincidental radio bleed, another one for the
BRT SB #12 - I am getting close to the end of the session.
I am asking any spirits there to be patient, it will come. Just
keep filling themselves with love. Then a word I have not
heard in a while. At the end it sounds like a male voice
saying..."need........Bishop". For those of you that
haven't read my early investigations, the cemetery in Jamesburg that I
started off with. Spirits there were constantly calling for the Bishop
and me to find the Bishop. Even early trips to Monmouth
Battleground had spirits calling for the Bishop. Seven years
later I still am not any closer to solving that riddle.
So with the closing down of the box,
nothing notable was mentioned for the last couple of minutes of the Session.
So without expecting to
get much of anything, I had a surprising first trip over to the site
of the Battleground Race Track. As for what spirits were making
contact, they could have been anybody from the 1700's through today
and not had anything to do with horse racing. Farmers who
once used the land perhaps? So on a future trip,
I'll bring a few more pieces of equipment to see if I can get any type of
readings or interaction that might point to an active area.
For the most part,
it was a peaceful walk and felt nothing negative or bad on my walk.
For folks walking back that way after reading this blog post, no
worries, I would say from the paranormal standpoint, you won't
even know they are there!