Tuesday, December 23, 2014

December 2014

Wishing you all a 
Merry Christmas & a 
Happy New Year!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Demonic Cases

When we first started CVAPI back in 2008, a demonic case would come in about 1 in every 20 cases.  Nowadays, it appears that 80% of our investigation requests are demonic cases.

If this applies to you, you do not need a paranormal team or a paranormal investigation.  From what we have seen you know what is there, and so do we.  You need clergy and/or a demonologist.  We do not clear, or banish anything from locations.

In 95% of demonic cases, someone in the home has done something to draw this in to them.  We have found that these families will start seeking help when they or someone close to them has been attacked.  YES, they can attack someone in your home as well as someone close to you.  It can also effect your attitude as well as effect you emotionally and physically.

Having your home blessed and buying religious items is not going to "Fix" a demonic haunt.  80% of fixing the problem is going to lie with you or the person that has drawn it in.  (A united front as a family helps!)  But the first thing that HAS to happen is to stop communicating with it and STOP giving it recognition.  (Both are feeding it and giving it strength.)  Don't even discuss it, do not run EVP's, and do not "enjoy" any paranormal activity that it creates.  Moving is not the answer, as it will generally follow you.

Often it appears that people are seeking an investigation because they may feel that we do not believe them.  We do believe you.  As crazy as your report may sound, we HAVE heard it before and have had these cases.  An investigation is only going to amp things up and NOT solve your problem.

Even with family members being attacked, it is common that this family will still give it recognition.  They are not possessed (That is a rarity) but they become "Obsessed" with it.  I can tell you that once you have reached this point....things will only get worse.

It is a long drawn out process.   You can compare this to someone who is trying to loose weight.  They didn't gain the weight overnight, nor will they loose it overnight.  It is a process that takes time, and takes you addressing the problem each day. You have to make "Lifestyle changes" for weight loose, you have to do the same with a demonic haunt. I have seen success from people overcoming these haunts by following the lead of clergy and/or a demonologist.

You should never have to pay for an investigation, house blessing etc.  However, if you are seeking to have someone come in from out of state you CAN expect to pay for their travel expenses and stay.  (I don't know of anyone that is independently wealthy enough to fly around the country for free.)

How many "Demonic" investigations requests are we getting?  As of today a whooping 17 request for the calendar year of 2014.  Why?  Has the Universe changed?  Or perhaps it is television....  CVAPI does NOT want to be known as a team that specializes in demonic haunts.

What we CAN do....
We can point you in the direction of clergy and/or a demonologist.  IF at that point they would like us to perform an investigation, then arrangements will be made.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Follow up to investigations.

Over the span of two weeks, it has been bought to my attention that there are several local paranormal teams that are not following up with their clients.  (4 teams to be exact.)

No matter how busy CVAPI may be, we ALWAYS provide a written report as well as a copy of anything that we found or may have questioned.  We take a lot of pride in the fact that not only did the client contact us, but they opened up to us and shared their stories as well as allowing us in to their location.

To the paranormal teams out there that are not following through, I am more than disappointed.  In my opinion this makes you a "Thrill Seeker", not a "Paranormal Investigator". (There is a difference!) And generally it leaves another paranormal team to clean up your mess for sake of keeping the paranormal investigators in a positive light as a whole.

CVAPI has waited many years to see another team establish the same ethics as us, in putting the client FIRST.  With that said, we would like to give a "Welcome" and a "Shout out" to Historic Paranormal Research.   It has been really nice to have another local team to collaborate with.

To those with a paranormal concern, neither CVAPI or HPR will ever leave you hanging!  In the event, you cannot reach us, or cannot accommodate our waiting list, this is a team we would recommend.


Saturday, August 2, 2014

From the actual case file of "A Hauntings" "Demons Revenge"

I am more than pleased with how “A Haunting” aired.  Demonic haunts are few and far in between.  So I decided to take the time to fill in the blanks on how we came to this conclusion.

When Tiffany first contacted me, she was scared, and so was Georgia.  There was a tremendous amount of turmoil between her and Billy.  She explained to me in great detail the changes that she had seen in him since moving in.  She reached out to me at the time her animals were dieing with no explanation.  I can confirm that what you saw on television were just some of her actual reports.

I took this case for two reasons.  One, being there was a child that was scared.  The second being that her animals were dieing without an explanation.  Unfortunately, she called me when we were slammed, and I indeed had to put her on a waiting list.

Tiffany contacted me daily.  In that time a lot of new reports came from her.  Did I think she was crazy?  Not crazy, but I thought she may be scared that I would turn the case down because she was nearly two hours from me.  As the days followed some of her reports I began to question, as they resembled that of Amityville.  Still I had agreed to take this case, and kept my word.

The day finally came, that I rode to Franklin to meet her and Billy and take a look at the location.  It was so perfect.  A very large farmhouse with two stairwells, a wrap around porch and a breezeway, 20 acres of land and a barn.  A postcard setting.  Inside the home was clean, spacious and well decorated.  Yet, it did not have a “Warm” feeling to it.  It had the feeling of you were being watched. 

Swarms of large flies One of Tiffany’s reports.  When going out to the barn, we went through the kitchen were Tiffany showed me flies on the kitchen counter.  They were huge, not horseflies and not regular houseflies.  I chalked this up to it’s a farm, and really didn’t think anymore about it.  It wasn’t exactly a swarm at the time but I would say around 40 all in one spot.  When we returned inside the home, through the kitchen.  They were gone.  No trace whatsoever.

The animals – In the barn she showed me Georgia’s rabbit.  (The largest rabbit I had ever seen.)  They also had an adorable puppy named Rebel, as well as her horse.  The property allowed the horse to walk all the way to the porch on the house.  Tiffany stated that the horse no longer wanted anything to do with the barn and that was not normal.  Within 72 hours of my visit, the rabbit was found dead in the barn with no explanation.  The puppy Rebel, had run from the home down the driveway and was struck by a car.  (This home sets well off the road, and had a very long driveway.)  This left her with only the horse.  Tiffany was beyond devastated when she called.

Upstairs -  In the master bedroom, this is what I would describe as feeling an actual oppression.  I was not wanted there.  Audio I ran that day, later showed that something had actually rushed up on me with heavy breathing.  (My dog flipped when I played this to my daughter.)  There was no one in the home but Tiffany and me.  Georgia was in school and Billy was out back burning a pile of brush.

Billy – When coming back from the barn, we stopped to chat with Billy and Tiffany introduced me.  He was onboard with the investigation and pretty much left it with “Get me some answers.” He would be out of town for the actual investigation.  How would I describe him?  Gruff, comes to mind.  At the time Tiffany had not reported to me the changes in his eyes.  Were his eyes blue that day?  Not that I recall.  The day we sat in the conference room of New Dominion Pictures his eyes were notably blue.  He was completely different.  Matter of fact, he did not even remember ever meeting me.

Face in the window – Tiffany did not review the photos of the day they were moving in until later on.  This is when she found that there was a face in the window.  She provided me with the actual photo taken that day.  In checking the meta tag information on that photo, we could see that the photo had not been tampered with.

On the ride home, I new that this was an “Aggressive” haunt.  I needed all of my investigators onboard and every piece of equipment we had to penetrate the entire location.  There was no doubt in my mind that this location would produce, I just wasn’t sure “What” it would produce.

The history – One of my best friends, Linda Silk lives in Sussex Virginia.  She spent the day with me at the courthouse pulling property deeds.  We found how far the land went back to we could no longer read the handwritten deeds.  Interestingly enough, we also found that somewhere on the land was an old family cemetery.  Tiffany and Billy were renting this farmhouse.  Tiffany spent time at the public library researching what she could.  She found the public record showing the people that had moved in and out of the location, with most not staying 12 months.  We collaborated on our findings often.

The morning of the investigation my daughter (and co-founder of CVAPI) was fine.  As we began loading equipment she got sick.  She was sick for the entire investigation staying seated in the living room near the monitor.  Tiffany called to report that the heat had gone completely out.  (Billy’s out of town.)  We would move forward with the investigation by heating with the wood stove and a space heater upstairs.  Upon arrival, the power is out on the barn.  No logical explanation, just no power. 

During our setup, 4 of my investigators, including myself, were unpacking equipment in the breezeway.  A strong cold breeze came into the room.  As an investigator was speaking we were all speechless noticing that we could see his breath when he spoke.  We were in the adjoining room of the woodstove registering at 65 degrees.  A few minutes later in the same room, an investigator notices that a cup she is drinking from is now covered in condensation.  (We experimented with all of this at a later date and were unable to duplicate it.)

The door that opens on voice command – I myself, grew up in a 200 year old farmhouse.  They have wood floors, creak, make noises and generally have wiring problems.  One thing I wanted to investigate was Tiffany’s claim that a large crawl space door under the second stairwell would open when you asked it to.  Stopping everyone in their tracks….NO foot movement from ANYONE even in an adjoining room.  I stood 4 feet from that door and asked it to open.  It did, more than once I might add.

Bathroom light – Tiffany reported that the bathroom off the dining rooir that the light would come on.  (Electricians had already been into this location, by the way.)  She described it as very quick, like someone just flipped the switch.  Though we did not see it happen it was indeed caught on camera.  (See video.)

Oozing “Gunk” from the walls – Yes, she actually reported this.  During the investigation Tiffany came to get me and two other investigators to report the oozing gunk had started on one of the walls.  What did this look like?  Like Kayro syrup with a yellowish brownish tint.  Large drips, not just in one spot but the entire wall beginning at the seam in the ceiling.  We checked the floor upstairs and I sent one under the house.  No idea….  We went back to film it….GONE.  As if it never happened and never existed.  On numerous occasions I have wished to have a college science department onboard over this.  Could we have placed it in a test tube?  Would it have evaporated?  Could science tell us what this was?

Random red lights – Two investigators in the front foyer came to me in a panic that they had seen a red light from the back porch shine through the back door.  Also noted that the person at the monitor saw this as well.  I brushed this claim off.  There were two digital cameras on the premises that would cast off a red light.  Video later revealed that this indeed happened more than once.  It not only occurred at the door, but in the dining room.  (Near the bathroom.)  It occurs when we are running an audio session upstairs in the Master Bedroom.  Paranormal teams I cannot begin to STRESS the IMPORTANCE of ADJOINING camera views.  This was NOT a digital camera.  Everyone is accounted for in the location and what equipment is in their hands!

Digital recorder – The audio in the Master Bedroom.  An Olympus recorder states “Do you know your dead?”  Listen to it.  (See video).  This was my voice and a question that I asked earlier in the evening in the barn.  This actually PLAYED to us through a recorder that was in record mode.  (Another recorder beside it, captured it.)  We later confirmed from Olympus, the manufacture of this recorder that it CANNOT happen…..but it did.

The heater – (See video) This also occurred in the master bedroom when Tiffany states “I think its scared”.  I cannot tell you the time we spent trying to duplicate this.  Cameras show no one is near that heater in the room and no one is moving at the time the buzzer goes off.  We even swapped the heaters out.

The smell – (They did a WONDERFUL job on that reenactment!)  Though Tiffany never reported the smell coming from the dining room, this is where it occurred during an audio session.  It was strong, pungent and nauseating.  You certainly did not have to ask, do you smell it?  Rotten meat or a dead body come to mind.

Joseph – EVP’s (Audio files) could never deny or confirm the presence of Joseph.  I can state that the only audio captured on the entire investigation was during the questioning of Joseph.

Tiffany being pushed down the stairs – The feeling of aggression upstairs was very overwhelming.  A video clip of that stairwell shows an orb.  What was first thought to be the pixilization of the camera indeed does appear that something is moving down the stairs.  I cannot confirm that this ever happened to her.  But in the hours we spent there, none of us can deny it happened either.

Investigators – One of my investigators is a man of science and a huge skeptic.  He stated that while in the master bedroom he felt as though someone poured a cold pitcher of water down his shirt collar.  This puzzled him to say the least.  He put a lot of research into this instance and could not come up with an explanation.

The barn – Several trips were made out to the barn that evening.  (There is no power and no EMF’s are picked up.) 4 Voice recorders are placed on a workbench near the tool shed.  Digital cameras began to power off.  ALL of the voice recorders powered off.  Trying this again later in the evening, we still had problems out there.  On our final trip to the barn, let me see if I can describe this.  We felt SMALL…..as if what was in there was larger than life itself.  We felt threatened.  We now know whatever is occurring in the home is NOT the size of what is in that barn.  It had begun to rain, a slight mist.  The barn has a large entrance on the front and access to the horses stall on the rear.  We stood in the barn with a fresh salt lick and fresh hay, the horse would not come in.  (Actually the horse looked at us like we were nuts. A horse well generally seek shelter if nothing else under a tree, he walked off from us and headed to the pasture.)  Before exiting the barn we notice a white mist.  (Common, it has begun to rain.)  Not so common was watching it transform to an extremely large black shadow. (See video.)  Notice the height of it?  This also could not be duplicated.  We returned to the house to find there are now camera problems in the dining room. 

Was there a portal in the barn?  I have been asked this on numerous occasions.  I cannot say.  Demonologist seem to think so.  All I know is that as of today, I have never felt something that strong before, nor do I want to.

Georgia – To this day, I am horrified to think of what that child experienced in the barn.

Camera interference – All through the night.  This is why I only use a wired system.  (I never trust a wireless system). Cameras and cords are matched to one another.  The interference is noted on several cameras throughout the night.  That same system has been on countless investigations with no problems.

The flame- (See video.) Again, this is the importance of your ADJOINING camera views.  This occurs in the master bedroom, adjoining cameras show two investigators have just left the room.  What is it?  To this day, I will listen to any explanation ANYONE has to offer.

The bread – (See video.)  This occurs in the kitchen early in the morning on our tear down.  (Notice the power is now on.)  That room has not had anyone in it in a couple of hours.  It is more than the end is unraveling, it actually tilts off the table.  It has not been touched in over 4 hours.  There is a noticeable “swirl” beside it, you can see it by the stove.  That is only on camera while this is occurring with the bread.  Over the years, how many experiments have we done with a loaf of bread?  Too many to count.

The day following the investigation – One of my investigators has 4 house cats.  Two are sick and taken to the vet, and one is put down.  My daughter now feels fine and states she will not return there.  I feel exhausted, disoriented and lethargic would be a good word.  (Enough that we mixed up some cell phones when I left.)  Another investigator calls to say he is sick.  Hang up the phone, and yet another one calls to say he is sick.  My skeptic, calls me with a severe migraine and is headed to a doctor.  And, another one calls, she has two small housedogs, one is sick and going to the vet and the other has run off.  My Siberian husky, “Sasha”  is taking six foot leaps trying to climb a wall.  We stop her from doing that and she proceeds to try to dig up the bathtub.  Abnormal behavior to say the least.  At this point, we have not even reviewed anything from that evening.

Demonologist – I reached out to Bishop James Long in Kentucky on this case.  I enjoyed working with him and his assistant and learned A LOT.  As you saw on television, it was Tiffany’s decision to not bring them in, but to stay in the home.  He did state that now that we have had one of these cases, that for whatever reason, more would follow.  And they did.

Did I really say “Move out.” – I did.  This is the first and only case I have ever stated that to anyone.

NEW DOMINION PICTURES- I have to admit that when Erin Hull, of New Dominion Pictures contacted me to see if I would participate in this, I was not at ease.  A past production experience on another show, proved to me that things were twisted with added hype for ratings.  HATS OFF TO YOU ERIN HULL!  BRAVO, BRAVO for keeping to Tiffany’s story and recognizing, that the case in itself was strong enough without added “Fluff”.  As far as production, you did an excellent job on the reenactments, I was more than pleased.

Tiffany had stated in an interview, “I want people to know that it is real and not always harmless.”  I stand behind that statement 100%.   By choice we release very little on demonic cases.  We are seeing trends to them as in other cases.  However, the last thing I need is everyone yelling, “It’s a demon” to get on TV.  These cases are rare but they do happen.  To the paranormal investigators that are skeptical and think its all television, we thought the same thing at once too.  Educate yourself on these.  If not, you are putting yourselves and families in the line of fire.

Well there you have it.  An hour television show and one lengthy blog, and I still did not cover everything.  This is definitely a case that left me with more questions than answers.  In case your wondering….other than the walk thru and the investigation I have NEVER returned to that house.  (The house on television is not the actual house.)

Jackie Tomlin

Sunday, June 29, 2014

The "Reality" of Reality TV

This is a topic that I have been meaning to discuss for a while now and will probably publish this to both of my blogs.  In filming three separate episodes for different shows, there appears to be a lot that the general public is not aware of.  The next thing I want to discuss is the “Bashers” of psychic television, paranormal television, and Reality TV in general.

The first thing I want to start by saying, is what you see on TV, actually took days to film.  So what you are actually viewing is the highlights of what was filmed.  “Reality” TV, means that they are real people, (or real families), they are not actresses or actors.

You will also hear people state that Reality TV is scripted.  Some of it is, but what does that mean?  Let me see if I can give you an example.  Lets say production has asked me to meet up with these 3 people, at this restaurant, and discuss this topic.  That is about as scripted as it gets.  Production will film it, and they will use what they see fit, no one is reading from an actual script.  Now, also notice that the 3 people I am meeting were filmed coming in.  That is because they were met up the road and each has their mics (microphones) on.

Now speaking of microphones.  Do you ever notice on shows were they “run into” someone?  They have on microphones and yes, you can tell.  (Some shows do not.)  I can tell you that you will not be filmed for National Television and NOT sign a consent form to be on a show.

An exception to the rule of “Scripted” would be any show filmed that use re-enactments.  These are actual people stating their stories, but actresses and actors do the re-enactment part reading from an actual script that production has provided.  It also may be a set and not the actual location to which they are discussing.

Production companies like to use a neat trick called the “Voice Overlay”.  What does this mean?  Let me give you an example.  Lets say, in watching a show, you heard me say “this”.  That was indeed my voice you heard, but NOT in that particular conversation.  This could have been  filmed two days prior in a totally different conversation.  How can you tell?  Because you won’t see me on TV saying it.  It will be my voice with another scene.

After the episode has gone through several edits, who has the final say?  The Network.  They are the final decision on what is aired.  What are they looking for?  Ratings. 

So why do people watch Reality TV?  Because they LIKE it!  They like the people, the families, the subject matter, story line,  or what they represent.  It is known as “Entertainment”.  Why do the “Bashers” watch it?  Because they need a life.  With all the causes that they could represent to do some good in the world, this is what they have dedicated their time to in hopes of recognition.

However, I am sure that the actual Networks are grateful for them boosting their ratings.  Any Network can see the number of dedicated fans out weighs the “Haters” of the show by far.

A little off the topic here, but I also know someone who has their story done into a Lifetime Movie.  (Notice it says “BASED ON a true story.”)

In the last 3 months, several different individuals have contacted me about people “Bashing” popular psychics on television as well as paranormal shows.  These “Bashers” are nothing more than “Glorified Stalkers” that are seeking a following.  Some have dedicated websites to support their beliefs and some have fallen so far off their rockers that they have even self publish books on different Reality series.  These idiots have contacted me before as well as people I know.

This is when I hear the famous phrase of “I KNOW FOR A FACT….”  This is also followed by: (from me)
“Do you know these people personally?”  NO
“Have you ever met these people?”  NO
“Where you there when it happened?”  NO
“Where you there when it was filmed?”  NO
“Did production acknowledge you or ask you to be on TV?”  NO
(hmmmmm…..all very interesting.)

Next will come, “I HAVE INTERVIEWED THEIR FAMILY AND FRIENDS”.  Really?  Because you are unable to validate any of it by stating it is “Confidential”.  Well I can tell you what IS indeed “Confidential”.  The contract between the person filming and the production company as to what can be discussed.  (One would not think it would take a rocket scientist to figure that out.)  So why do people with television appearances refuse to answer to these people?  Because they don’t HAVE to and who are they anyway?

To anyone in the news field, that will actually give these idiots the time of day, I would like to suggest that you fire your researcher, because you have now tainted your own credibility.  These people have dedicated their time and energy to “EXPOSE or INVESTIGATE” one thing only and that is TELEVISION……Seriously?  (Obviously their parents never taught them not to believe everything they see on TV.) 

To those that appear on these shows, my hats off to you for taking the high road!  You are doing something right!  (In all honesty, I watch very little psychic and paranormal television, but do watch other reality shows.) 

To the “Bashers” if ANY of you EVER contact me again, I will do nothing more than refer you right back to this blog.  The very idea that you are “investigating or exposing” something seen on television is ABSURD.  The only thing you are doing is publicly stalking people. I would also like to lend some advice to those that hate Reality TV……TURN THE CHANNEL!!!

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Will my case be on TV?

 The immediate response to this question would be NO.

With so many paranormal shows, and paranormal specials appearing, this is now becoming a common question.  Our intention and focus is on YOUR case, not television.  On the flip side, we have also upped our screening process on cases to make sure that it is not YOUR intention.

I want to take the time to clarify some of this process.  We are indeed contacted by production companies on varying occasions throughout the year.  In addition, we have had homeowner’s submit their own cases to various shows.  So let me see if I can give you some insight as to how this works.

Let me give you an example of some of the questions a production company will approach us with:

-         Do you have a location with a history of….
-         Has anyone ever reported …
-         Have you had an investigation with….
-         Have you ever been in a location like…
-         Do you have a family that has experienced …
-         Do you have any cases that were not paranormal because of …
-         Do you have any footage of…
-         Do you have any families that need help with….
-         Have any families changed their lives because of …
-         Can you back the families claims with evidence of ….

That is just a short list to give you an idea of what we are asked on our end.  Now in the event that we have a case they are looking for, there are questions for the homeowner’s that may appear like this:

-         Are they comfortable with sharing their story?
-         Do they mind going on camera?
-         Are they looking for money?
-         Do they rent or own their home?
-         Will they allow production in their home?
-         Are they willing to travel?

On our end, we are looking at everything INCLUDING the production company that has contacted us:

-         Are they looking for the “worst of the worst” for ratings?
-         What have they produced before?
-         What kind of airtime are they looking at for this case?  (6 minutes or an hour?)
-         Have they ever produced anything with the paranormal before?  (That is a BIG deciding factor!)

In the event that we can make a match with all of these pieces, you will be contacted by either JACKIE or NIKKI.  (No one else portraying as CVAPI!)  Your information is NOT released to ANY production company unless we contact you first.  If you give us the go ahead for them to contact you directly then we will do so.  (For those that are submitting your own cases, we would appreciate the same in return.)

In reality, there is only a SMALL PERCENT that we can make a match to.  We have also had cases to which the homeowner has backed out of filming to which we are completely FINE with.  There is also no time limit as to when these cases occurred.  Recently we filmed our best case from 2009.  However, we have been asked before to return to the location for additional footage.

You may contact us through our website, or email us directly.  Jackie@cvapi.com or Nikki@cvapi.com.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Events for January & February 2014

January 2014
Live Psychic Readings
Saturday January 25th @4PM
Econo Lodge - Conference Room
2310 Indian Hill Road
Email Jackie for details 

February 2014
Tarot Card Workshop Part II
Saturday February 1st @4PM
Econo Lodge - Conference Room
2310 Indian Hill Road
Email Jackie for details 

Meeting on the Paranormal
Date - TBA
Econo Lodge - Conference Room
2310 Indian Hill Road
Email Jackie for details 

Live Psychic Readings
Tuesday Feb 4th @7PM &
Tuesday Feb 18th @7PM
Aqua Lounge
1708 E. Main Street
Richmond, VA 23233
Email Jackie for details