We converged on this small church and cemetery just before dusk. Although we had brought equipment with us we were primarily doing an assessment of the location to see if further research was justified. We set up some video cameras and a tape recorder with an external mike, then proceeded to settle down in front of the church and let the equipment run, while we had a chat and enjoyed our coffee. After a while we approached the back of the cemetery to take a look around and see what was there and to perhaps read some of the very old grave markers. As we were standing at the back gate talking, we picked up an odor that smelled like most old sheds or basements do; a musty earthy smell. The odor lasted about 3 or 4 minutes. It was then that Anita and I felt a male presence around us, and although we don't rely on our 6th sense for factual research, we decided to go with it. It seems we were led through the gate and straight ahead until we got about 40 feet in front of an obviously modern shed. We felt that whoeever or whatever was leading us was trying to show us something. The following is what we interpreted as the information we were receiving. Please note that this is all speculation on our part and not fact:
~·A pulling by a male entity through the gates, as if we were supposed to follow him
~·Sensed that he was trying to show he was visiting someone, buried on non-consecrated ground
~·A man who was dressed in Quaker style clothing, was pure of heart and giving, however he visited the grave at night, so as to keep it a secret.
~·He was fond of whomever's grave he was visiting, but felt it would be frowned upon if known; hence the secrecy.
~·He was also a pillar of the community and influential and feared retribution if found out.
Following are the facts we uncovered, interestingly enough, a few days later, however this may be purely coincidental:
~·The section of grounds he led us to was not part of the original cemetery but a field and therefore not consecrated ground until the later 1900's.
~·There was an old structure which housed the horses etc. back in the 1800's that has since been torn down, where the men gathered to chat.
We were quite surprised, to say the least, when we played back our tape recordings. It seems we had a few responses. Immediately after setting up the audio recorder, and while the tape was rolling, I said to no one in particular "well ask some questions, see if we get anything". Immediately after I said that there was a response which sounded like a male saying "who are you?". Immediately after that Anita asks the very same question. Her next question was "watcha doing?", we got a reply which was a bit clearer. After she asked 'watcha doing?" we heard a week male voice say "praying". We have included the wave for your discretion and determination. Is it a voice from the past? We had another response when Lloyd asked where a particular person was and the response was "I don't know", but the audio was so low and extremely hard to hear that we have not included it.
Director's Note: When taping EVP's, only a fresh tape opened in front of at least 2 other people is used and only one side recorded on so that the integrity of the tape remains intact and is not contamintated by possible 'bleed-through'. The ultimate tool is a digital recorder.