Investigation # 13 - Monmouth Battlefield,
(Manalapan, NJ) - June 30, 2014
It's funny how things
seem to play out in this world of the Paranormal. For the most
part when I am at Monmouth Battlefield on the northern side of the park,
I am constantly walking back and forth by the Sutfin farmhouse.
I do a quick shout out that I will stop on my way back and spend some time
trying to communicate with any spirits that are there. Then I
often run out of time and on my way back, I will shout out "Sorry,
no more time, gotta go, I'll stop back." Then the same
thing happens again and again. Did the same thing back on
May 10, when I took a group of friends out here. We
had intended to stop by the house after visiting the Thompson-Taylor
farmhouse. However, bad weather started coming in so we
had to leave before spending any time there.
I had really wanted to
spend some time here as back in early May, I was contacted by a local
photographer named Joe Valencia. He runs a blog called
Photographer where he showcases his various trips to places and the
photographs he takes at the locations. Joe frequents Monmouth
Battlefield and told me on one particular day as he was there and approached
the Sutfin farmhouse, he got this eerie feeling from the house.
The closer he got, the stronger the feeling got. Like
somebody was inside watching from the windows. He then
went back the next day and the same thing happened again. Joe
also ran into a hiker and asked the hiker if he had a similar experience.
The hiker said yes! You can read that part of Joe's blog
Now on top of this,
I am friends with a fellow named Pete who I met at the
House back in 2012. Pete is a member of the
Monmouth Battlefield and a great historian who is very knowledgeable
about the Battle of Monmouth. He helps out at the Visitor center on
weekends, usually wearing a uniform of that period in history.
He had told me also that he was getting reports of other people having the
same experiences at the Sutfin Farmhouse as Joe and the hiker he met!
On the May 10th trip to Monmouth, some of the group I was with also
got a feeling like they were being watched from the windows as we passed by
Joe and I made plans to
meet just after the anniversary of the battle on June 30th. Joe
would be inviting a friend and fellow photographer named Chris and I was
inviting Pete to join us as well. A nice group of four.
I would investigate and show everybody what I do, Joe and Chris would
partake in the photography and Pete provided the knowledge of the area,
plus taking an active role in the investigation as well.
This was a great
opportunity to try out some new trigger objects I picked up earlier at the
Battle of Monmouth Reenactment. A tin cup, corn cob pipe and a
pot scrubber. All objects that could have been used by soldiers or
civilians back in the 1700's and 1800's. Plus I was able to take
a piece of thin plywood and make a mini table out of it and a broken tripod
that I could no longer use for my camcorders!
Here is how the set up
would work. I would place the trigger objects I got plus the ones I
already had (piece of flint, wooden cartridge holder, spoon and a
musket ball) and spread them around my makeshift table. Then I took
the REM POD and ran an alligator clip (courtesy of my friends Bob and Sandra
Paranormal) from it to the tin cup that I would
place water in. During the Battle of Monmouth, water was worth
its weight in gold as many soldiers died from heat stroke that day.
Water was needed to keep hydrated and cool.
With the wire spread
around in a loop around most of the trigger objects, any attempt by
anything unseen to grab at a trigger object would set off the REM POD.
This is because the electrical field given off by the REM POD antenna
travels through the alligator clip to the tin cup. The stand
would be a big help as it would bring the objects off the ground to a level
where an adult spirit could reach for instead of stooping to the ground.
At least in theory that is how it would work!
We met around 6:00PM at
the parking area on Rt. 522 and then proceeded over to the Sutfin House.
As we got there, I explained how I would set up the table with the
trigger objects. Of course I had to walk through tall, tick infested
grass to set up the table. Fortunately, we did bring bug
repellent to use and only had to pull 2 deer ticks off my socks when I got
While I set up, I
had given Pete one of my Mel-Meter's to use and watch for signs of EMF
spikes. Joe and Chris went around to different areas around the
house to take photographs. I called out for the spirits,
let them know I was there, wanted to know why they were giving hikers
the creeps. I said folks like that are not there to investigate
and/or interact with spirits. I was there now and if they
had something they wanted to communicate, now was there chance.
I motioned to the table and I mentioned the objects that were there.
If they were interested, they go over and check them out.
Especially the tin cup with water for anybody who was thirsty.
As I would not be
standing in the tick infested grass any longer than I wanted to, I
left my digital recorder on the stand to see if any EVP would be picked up.
While Pete and I were talking on the dirt road, about 20 feet away,
we noticed the REM POD starting to buzz.
House EVP #1 - Not an EVP, but amplified so you can hear in this
clip as Pete is talking, the REM POD slowly start to buzz. It
took us a few seconds to hear it after it started. This was the
first time I have ever had the REM POD sound off anywhere at Monmouth
I waved Joe over and he
came over as it was buzzing. Not full, grab the antenna buzz,
but maybe like something was near the alligator clip. I slowly
made my way over through the grass, as I wanted to get a closer look at the
table. There were small grasshoppers about and some flies, but I
never had insects set off the REM POD before. As I approached the
table, I could not see any bugs on the REM POD, the tin cup or the
alligator clip. I stood at the table for a few seconds before it
For the next 45 minutes or
so that we were there, this was the only time the REM POD buzzed.
If originally caused by an insect, surely I would have expected this
noise to produce itself again as the tall grass did have its share of flying
bugs and tiny grasshoppers. Was this caused by something
paranormal? Hard to say, but again, this was the first
time it ever worked out here on the field. Normally I do have it
on the ground, today it was on my makeshift table.
Something to definitely
try again in the future!
I did bring back another
toy ball with me and threw it through the open window frame on the far right
of the building. Again declaring it a toy for the kids since I had
caught the sound of a small boy saying "Ok" to me on my first trip here back
The window opening on the far right is
where I threw the ball into. Got it in on my first throw!
After a bit of further
action from the equipment on the table. I decided to do a Spirit Box
session at the table while Joe and Chris continued to take photos.
Pete walked up and down the hiking trail behind the farmhouse and getting
spikes on the Mel-Meter. I'm not surprised by this as the Mel-Meter
seems to get spikes all over the field from the times I was there in the
While doing the quick
spirit box session, I got 3 replies that had some possible
significance to them. Voices replayed twice at the end.
House GB #1 - Here a voice says what sounds like leave followed by
a female voice that sounds like she is saying the word "friend". I
acknowledge this. However on the review, she is not saying
"friend", she is saying "Fred."! Why is this significant?
Just back on May 10 at the Molly Pitcher overlook, we caught a solid
EVP of a woman saying the name "Fred". Is this the same female
spirit and is she looking for somebody named "Fred"?
House GB #2 -
Here a female voice says the name "Ann". I ask if this is Ann
Sutfin, but no response. Notice the static from the spirit
box? That is because I have it wrapped up in a Faraday pouch.
This is used to cut down radio signals. As we are close to New York,
you would expect to pick up a lot of radio chatter as I prefer to use AM
stations. But as you notice, barely any there. Yet
the name "Ann" came through pretty good!
House GB #1 - The only other item of significance is when I am getting
ready to shut down the P-SB7 spirit box. I am staring my count to 5
and a voice cries out, "Wait!". A common thing that
happens. As if a spirit does not want the session to end and keep it
open. There were no last second messages this time around.
We all gathered back in
front of the house to talk for a bit, I was explaining about how the
spirit box worked and the theory behind it and some other things.
While we are talking, the audio recorder is still on the table.
We end up catching quite a few EVPs from this point. (Headphones
should be used to hear these EVPs. Replayed twice at end of clip
with noise amplification.
House EVP #2 - You can hear Pete very faintly in the background as we
are standing about 20-25 feet away. All of a sudden you hear what
sounds like a deep female voice say something. On the replay, it
sounds like she is saying "10", though it is subjective as you could
also hear a word that rhymes with 10. Maybe "Ken" as the fellow
who was with me here last year or maybe "hen" as it was a farm and probably
had hens about.
House EVP #3 - Not long after "10" is heard, the same exact voice is now
saying what sounds like "13". You can hear the voices of us talking in
the background, but this voice is clearly not us. If she
is saying numbers to us, what significance does 10 and 13 have?
Another mystery at Monmouth!
After a few more minutes,
we moved again to the back side of the farmhouse where Joe and Chris took
some more photos. After seeing their equipment and my puny
Fujifilm point and shoot camera, I really, really think I need to
consider upgrading to better cameras!
Joe just off camera to the left and Chris
to the right taking close up photos of the farmhouse and the surrounding
After we moved to the
other side of the house, some more EVPs were captured by the audio
recorder I left behind!
Sutfin House EVP #4 - In this clip, you here an airplane coming
overhead and some background noise. Then you hear what sounds like
somebody saying the word "Sit". Again, this is too close
to the audio recorder, this is that scratchy, whispery type sound
often found with EVP. Plus, there is no reason for anybody
to sit down, especially in that tick infested grass!
Sutfin House EVP #5 - Just a few moments later, this faint voice
is caught during an airplane flying over head. I amplified the replay
as best I could, but there is a male voice asking what sounds like
"Just for me?" It makes sense as I have laid out a table of
items that would have been of interest for a farmer or soldier from the
1700's or 1800's.
We then met back in front
of the house for a few moments to discuss moving on down towards a fence row
that was held by British troops during the battle. As we are
talking in the background we get this odd sound.
Sutfin House EVP #6 - We are still on the dirt road when it sounds like
somebody tries to blow into the recorder mike. A whooshing sound.
We never heard it, nobody made that sound. It is not wind or a
breeze as they make a very distinctive sound. It is not a bird or a
bug that I know of that could make a sound like that. What it is
or what made it, I have no idea.
This was the last EVP we
picked up before me decided to move down about 50 yards to the fence line.
Pete and I were out in front as Joe and Chris followed a little ways back as
they were taking photos along the way.
Hiking path along a corn field leading
from the Sutfin Farmhouse to the hedgerow area.
Just as we approached the
fence line, Pete again was noticing little spikes on the Mel Meter.
As we were just arriving to the area, we caught a much louder EVP.
Sutfin House EVP #7 - In this clip you hear Pete mention something.
I say "okay" and then the EVP is heard. To me it sounds like
"Leave". It sounds like a grumpily spirit talking fast. It is
clearly not Joe or Chris as they walking a little way behind us and Pete and
I do not acknowledge what has just been said.
Then a few minutes later
as I am setting up the table again and the Paramid, Pete is explaining
how the British withdrew from this area during the late afternoon of the
battle. During his explanation of the retreat, we caught our
last EVP of the day.
Sutfin House EVP #8 - At the 7 second mark, after Pete is telling
me how the British withdrew from this area, you hear a faint voice say
"Yes." Replayed twice at the end. So is this the spirit of a
British soldier or somebody familiar with the battle agreeing with Pete's
description of the events that took place? If so, then Pete has
got his history down pat according to possible testimony from somebody who
might have been there!
Pete walking down along the fence line
with the Mel-Meter. Jon the bottom of the picture, I have the Paramid set up with a British flag on the left side, the
Colonial 13 star flag on the right side. Wanted to see if I could get
somebody to approach the flag of their country, but no luck in doing
Joe setting up his camera and tripod for
some pictures of the sun setting over the tree tops from the direction we
came from. So I tried it too!
Using my standard Fujifilm 12MP digital
Using my full spectrum digital camera.
Nothing paranormal in these photos. All the shadows, orb looking
lights, streaks, etc are all lens flare and completely natural.
We stayed in the area a
little bit longer until 8:00PM came upon us and the Park Ranger drove past
us in his cart with his dogs on the way back to his house on the field.
We then hiked back to the parking lot to discuss everything before heading
home. I was happy to hear Joe say that this time around,
he experienced no bad or eerie feelings. To me it seems this time the
spirits got their chance to communicate and didn't have to watch from the
windows this time around.
Joe wrote up a wonderful
article on his
blog about his experience that day and it is a great read.
Especially since it is from the eyes of a skeptic. Well open minded
skeptic. His blog in general is excellent. If you like
photography and want some pointers, I highly recommend Joe.
His work speaks for itself!
So what can we conclude
from this day. As Joe asked in his blog, did the EVPs we
captured this day prove the existence of spirits at the Sutfin farmhouse and
Monmouth Battlefield? Of course not. While I believe
100% these EVPs are from the spirits of those who lived and died decades and
centuries ago, it is not conclusive proof. It just
shows that something unknown to us is out there (natural or unnatural) that
is causing audio recorders to pick up voices that we cannot hear.
Sometimes they seem random, sometimes they seem like they are
intelligent and in direct response to our words and questions.
It's one reason I love
the paranormal, the mystery of it all. Trying to figure it all
out. I don't think it will happen in my lifetime, but I'll keep
plugging away to try to get some answers!